Tie it by the tip and let the feather dictate which way it wants to bend, then position accordingly. Also as you wrap it, hackle pliers help as you can twist/spin it (usually counter clockwise) to get it to lay more flat/backwards if that makes sense. Can also pinch the stem with your thumb as you wrap. That will help make it look more like a spey fly than a cannonball or other marabou-focued patterns. Not sure if that makes sense.Thanks for the tip; I might have a few suitable marabou feathers hiding in my stash. I'll post if I get a nice fly out of some experimentation.
Is that tip pearl over tinsel or regular pearl over the hook? It looks killer next to the chartreuse. That's a great combination of drab naturals and UV. Profile is really unique, too.
Oh, and farming a hookset is its own punishment. I hope to be so lucky to find enough fish to make this mistake at least once.