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Old 04-06-2003, 01:52 AM
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I suggest that you continue to tie without a hackle guard. This probably isn't what you wanted to hear, but practice and more practice will eventually show you that they aren't necessary (IMO).

In lieu of a hackle guard, practice using your left fingers (if right handed) to pinch the hackles out of the way while securing them in place and/or finishing the fly. After a while, you may see that the guard would only be a crutch that impedes the development of your manual skills.

My two cents.
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