How to stack CDC evenly?

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  1. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    This photo was stolen off Instagram by a well known tying company. I’m used to just plucking the CDC off the stems but it uneven. How do you guys get them like this? Thoughts and help is appreciated.

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    I would guess they're just using the tips of the feathers, including the stem. Notice how the ends of these feathers are pretty even?
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Yeah but I don’t see any stem in there I even zoomed in maybe they have a high speed tool or something


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    find a full feather with nice long barbs. grab the feather by the tip and stroke the barbs toward the tip. You will get enough barbs w/o any stem to make a nice wing. You will go through a few feathers looking for the right one.
     
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    There are two types of CDC product, the full feather (with a stem) , and the Puffs (shorter fibers w/o a stem). I would imagine the flies above were tied with the Puff. The Puff makes for nice bushy flies with perfectly even tips.
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Well i guess I couldn’t have gotten a better solution than that. Put that one on the list


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