Palmered Hackle Alternatives

by Jonathan on January 19, 2009

Palmered hackle flies have been popular from the early days of flytying and were a feature of many of the early salmon flies.

They still are popular with many of the traditional flies and are increasingly used on modern lures to impart movement on a fast retrieve, ie. Woolley buggers, Damsel nymphs  and Yellow dancers.

There are two ways of tying in and securing the hackles on palmered flies. Both are equally effective and it comes down to personal choice.

  • Method 1 – The Ribbing material is tied in at the tail end. The hackle is tied in by the but end at the head of the fly and wound down to the tail in open turns. The ribbing material is then wound from the tail to the head in open anticlockwise turns, securing the hackle, and tied off at the head. I personally feel that this is the more secure way.
  • Method 2 – The hackle is tied in by the tip at the tail of the fly. The hackle is then wound in open turns to the head and tied off.  The only benefit of this method is it saves weight on a dry fly.  

Dave C. and the Team

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Fly Tying Company November 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I advised a friend to take a look at your site a few nights back as explaining the palmered hackle over the telephone became difficult! Anyhow, David your videa did the trick so thankyou!

John Hancock July 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

How would you make a crayfish fly

craig March 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

you can still reinforce the palmer and save weight by using thread instead of wire.

DaveC February 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hi surveyscout
Thanks for your comments. The site has been running for about 3 years,
I just tie the flies……Jon is the camera man and runs the site…this is our first venture into demos. Andy produces the music. Not bad for a geriatric father and two sons.
Once my health improves we will be up and running with more vids.
DaveC. and Team

surveyscout para kazanma January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Wow, incredible weblog layout! How long have you been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, let alone the content material!

Chris June 27, 2011 at 5:35 am

Helo Dave!

I have spent the night in to see all the videos you’ve posted, and I must say I am very glad I found them. tried a little bit and tying flies for a few years ago, but gave it up. Now I am very interested in giving it a chance now that I’ve seen your videos! You explain everything in a very good and easy way.
Thanks and bows Dave! – Cheers from Norway.

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