Anyway, there are three kinds dry fly hackles of which I am aware. All warrant some discussion and are frequently a matter of personal preference. The earliest type of dry fly hackle was made from, and still is mostly today, rooster saddle feathers. The first one described was the vertical hackle. For a period of about 75 years, this method was almost exclusive. Then, apparently in the early 1930's, the parachute hackle was designed. And believe it or not, this method may have been designed by a non-fly fishing woman. The most recent method is that of a stack hackle; fairly new and I don't know the exact dates.
My personal preference is the latter. I just like the way the fly floats when the hackle is stacked. . My second favorite is the parachute hackle followed by the vertical hackle. Regardless of your personal preference, enjoy your vise and your fly tying. Even the fly tying vise is a fairly new product design. If you have a chance to look at some 100 year old flies, you will be impressed at the skill in tying and the feather dyes. Incredible! A lot of these old flies were actually tied by hand without the use of a vise.
Described here is the vertical hackle.
|Tie in your hackle at wing.|
Feather barbs about the length of hook curve.
|Wrap vertically behind wing 3-4 times,|
then in front 2-3 times.
|Tie off at eye.|
|Shown here on a Grey Wulff|
|Number of wraps described above,|
but can be a matter of personal preference.
|This is how they will ride on the water.|
|Really Nice Brown!|