Posts Tagged ‘hen hackle

15
Nov
13

Photography: Caped Beauty

A cape of hen hackle that shows the beauty of the feathers combined in the whole. In fly tying, individual feathers are pulled from the cape to create effects for wings, legs, tails…suggestions of life and motion in fly pattern design. Here the combined feathers are quite beautiful in this macro shot.

Cape Beauty SwittersB Macro

26
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Dubbing Brush Abdomen

These are your standard bead head pupa patterns  on the curved shank hooks (size 14). The pattern is unique in that I trailed a small portion of a dubbing brush from the bend of the hook and then wrapped the dubbing brush forward to build up the abdomen. Then a wing made from a section of hen feather and a turn or two of hackle behind the gold bead. The pattern is so productive. The trailing material from the dubbing brush stays intact and is durable. 

 

22
Nov
12

Fingernails & Hen Hackle Tips

The past few years have shown the styling craze of feather earrings, prime hackle for hair extensions and now, I am told, hen hackle tips are becoming quite the rage for fingernail appliques beneath an acrylic overlay…a form of nail art. What, if any, the impact will be on fly shops, once again, remains to be seen.

Even tonight, I was asked if I could part with any blue dun hen hackle!




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