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Old 02-24-2004, 06:26 PM
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I nearly always just use a pair of hackles for each side of the wing, in other words 4 hackles total. If I tie a fly on hooks longer than the Alec Jackson Spey Hook #1 1/2 I'll use 3 hackles/side. Another thing I forgot to mention in my last post is that at times you need to put a little flexible cement (I usually use Fleximent) on the bottom hackle of the wing pair just above the place where you will tie it in and then put the top hackle of the pair on top of it to glue them together (be careful to only glue a small section of the feathers just above where they will be tied in or the wing will not be mobile enough in the water) as is done on the Carrie Stephens style (or classic New England style) hackle wing streamers.
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