thanks man! will have to try that tonight... have been flattening the hackle stems, post stripping, has worked well. also tie the wings on in the order you described, far, than near, and have been generally successful in getting the tent shape in the two pairs of wings. i've been tying these with 2 pairs, have heard of others using 3 hackles per side. your preference?
hoping to be up your way in april to try the sauk/skagit, or what ever else is fishing at the time. will have an armory of these and heron's for that trip!!
Tie One On, and Tie Into One!!!