If you're using the burnt Goose, try placing it carefully along the body stroking it back with one hand and unwinding it as needed to get the look you are trying to achieve.If you are tying it on as a throat place it at the head as you would tye oval tinsel into a butt section.Each successive wind will hide the previous one.AS Juro metioned tying in the butt section first will allow a thinner stem near the head. ,helping you produce a smaller head. This also is true if you ARE using real Heron. Wilson's advise as per the Silver Pheasant is also very sound. IMHO buy a whole skin. Well worth the price !!
Hope that helps.