Partridge is one of those fly tying staples that you will learn to never want to be without, but it can also be hard to handle as a beginner tyer. Take a look at the new tutorial at the link here: How to Wrap a Soft Hackle! Its full of tips and tricks on how to master this awesome material.
Close up of my favorite material
Using your fingers, brush the waste ends vertical..
Grab the feather base in one hand.
Before you wrap it forward (and by forward remember I mean away from you) you’ll want to hold those fibers in your fingers
How to shorten soft hackle fibers Part One
How to shorten soft hackle fibers Part Two