Learning to Hackle

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In this off season while the rivers are closed I’ve taken it upon myself to start tying my own jigs. There’s obviously much to learn and little feedback on the effectiveness of anything I tie up with the rivers mostly closed until June 1st. I’ve been trying a lot of techniques and generally tying up a wide variety of jigs for trout, salmon, and steelhead. I refuse to pour lead for protection of my own health and that of the river systems I fish in, so I’m tying almost exclusively bead and pin jigs. I’ve got quite the variety of beads and hook sizes to work with and look forward to the river’s opening up again so that I can start narrowing down what works for me and what I can leave behind. This jig above is one of my first forays into tying hackle feathers. Obviously I’ve got a lot of work to do.

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