One can make the loop around which the
hackle is turned in many ways - I used the stem of the hackle to make the
loop - on the drawings you can see how:
I fasten the silk behind the eye - tie the badger hackle, where the
fibres are removed over a sufficient part of the stem, down on top of the
hook - with the Ďgood sideí turned up. Bend the stalk up and place one
tight turn of thread close behind it, Then bend the stalk down on the
frontside of the hook and bind it down with two turns of the thread, so
that the stalk points direct down.
Wind the thread to the bend - dub it with rabbitís fur and turn it up
to the loop.
Then I turn the hackle around the loop in the horizontal plan - one
turn under the preceeding one, and after 3-4 turns put the point of the
hackle through the loop, and then tighten it up drawing down in the end of
Finally the stalk is bend up in front over the neck of the hook and
tied down with a whip-finish. On top of the remaining loop is placed a
tiny drop of lacquer and surplus hackle cut away.