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Peacock Herl hand wrap or hackle pliers
Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:55 PM
I have several types of pliers and with all of them I have broken the herl and end up just using my hand
Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:23 PM
Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:39 PM
Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:43 PM
I've experienced that same problems as you with hackle pliers breaking the herl and or letting loose of one herl in a bundle at the worst opportunity. Now I just use my hands.
An interesting technique for handling herl I recently viewed on Sylvest Nemes's Tying soft hackle DVD. He ties the herl in at the center of the strands where you want the herl to begin. He then grabs both ends and wraps to completion. Haven't tried it yet but it looks promising.
Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:17 PM
I usually tie in a length of black monocord with the herl & grab it with a one of those electronic mini grabbers that I have removed any sharp edges from. I found that leaving a little slack in the thread & letting it wrap around works better than keeping it the same length as the herl. Of course if I twist it too tight a strand of herl will break.
Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:41 PM
beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise"
Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:58 PM
hard on salmon fly construction........Frank
Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:44 PM
Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:33 PM
So I guess I am saying, leave the hackle pliers on the bench.
Any questions, let me know. Cheers, Futzer.
Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:37 PM
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:48 PM
Posted 24 January 2009 - 09:59 AM
Usually does. Don't know why I keep trying.
Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:08 AM