Wrapping hackle?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Steerman, May 30, 2009.

  1. Steerman New Member

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    I am tying some beach patterns for this season's pink and coho runs in BC. I love the California Neal patters, specifically the Lazer Neil. But, I am having trouble making it look like the picture..... It seems that the hackle is wrapped from the eye back to the tail. That is fine but how is it tied in at the back? The body is lazer wrap and if the hackle is the last thing to tie in I cannot bring the thread back to the eye. Do I whip finish at the back and start again on the head??? If anyone is familar with this fly I have a few more tying questions as well...
  2. Preston Active Member

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    I've always wrapped the hackle of the California Neal in the conventional manner of a palmered hackle; tying it in at the rear of the hook and winding up to the head. If you leave a tiny amount of gap between the wraps of Edgebrite (or whatever) you can actually feel the hackle stem snap into place between them as you wind it.

    The version with the fluorescent-orange head seems to be particularly popular in BC.
  3. Steerman New Member

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    Thank You. The pictures were also helpful. That is the exact fly that I am tying. I think I have been cutting my lazer wrap too wide as well. It looks like yours is closer to 1/16" wide.