Rob Russell is one of the best fly tiers in America. In fact, he won the “Iron Fly” title at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show. Here, he explains a slick production tying technique that helps tiers create a palmered hackle accent in the fly.
In this case, Rob suggests new twist, namely tying the ribbing wire at the end of the hook, but palmering the hackle from the eye-back, as opposed to wrapping both rib and palmer from the back forward.
By doing so, you can use the rib to secure the palmer hackle. You get an even-spaced, stand-up hackle, that’s also naturally tapered. It’s a technique that saves on time and effort, and can be applied to many of the most popular patterns, like elk hair caddis, stimulators, and woolly buggers.