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Hair Stackers

Fly Tying Hair Stacker

There are many fly patterns that use deer and elk hair. These patterns also require the tips of the hair to be perfectly even. Most animals grow hair to random lehgths, and so patches of hair are never naturally even. A hair stacker enables you to place all the tips of the hair evenly without much hassle.

Take a small bunch of hair, and remove any shrot pieces and smaller body hairs and fuzz. Insert the bundle of hair into the barrel of the stacker tip first and tap the base on a hard surface. This will bring all the tips in line. To remove the hair, turn the stacker horizontal, and seperate the stacker. When you are seperating, apply a twist to the stacker. I find this helps keep the hairs from straying. Grab the tips firmly, and tie them into your pattern. If the hair is crocked, it will be harder to stack. If hair is greasy or full of static, throw some talcum powder on the piece of hair to help improve the quality. If you have problems with static, use a brass stacker, as aluminum stackers have a tendancy to build static. Stackers are available in a variety of sizes and designs. Select the stacker size that best fits the length and volume of hair being used. You can also add some rubber feet to your stacker to dampen the sound from tapping it when you are stacking.