by Fly Fisherman

Palmering a body, in the more common application, is the same as ribbing except using spread hackle fastened at the tip of the hackle. The exception to securing the tip is on “Woolly-Worms” and some bi-visibles. Fastening the hackle at the butt with the concave or inner surface of the hackle facing to the head will result in the hackle wisps leaning forward on the fly. This is more desirable because of the action of the hackle when the fly is in the water being activated. Palmered hackle is generally left as is, but it can be clipped if desired. On the bi-visible flies the palmering is not ribbed as above but applied quite compactly or wound on the hook as closely as conveniently possible and forming, when completed, roughly, a rounded ball of hackle.

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