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Tying In The Butt MaterialTying In The Butt

When the tag and tail are tied in, select a long ostrich herl or similar material for the Butt. The fibers on each side of the stem should be about 1/8 inch long and fairly even in length. Tie in the herl directly in front of the tag, above the hook point. Hold the herl straight up and stroke the fibers to the rear. Moisten your thumb and index finger to do this. Wind the herl six or seven close turns toward the front, stroking the fibers back after each turn. Tie off the herl and cut off the excess.

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