Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “To start, pluck a long, nicely tapered hackle feather from a white or cream colored neck. Strip the fibers free from both sides of the stem. You don’t need to do the very tip or butt, which can be snipped off. Place the quill in a warm water bath for a few minutes to soften it. Having a bunch ready to go will definitely speed the tying process.
For a hook, I prefer something with a fairly short shank, like a Dai-Riki #305 in size 14. After getting the hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise, load a bobbin with a spool of cream colored thread, here, UTC 70 Denier. Start your thread on the hook shank leaving a very full eye length space behind the eye and take a few wraps rearward before snipping or breaking off the tag.”