It is surprising that this style of tail is not more widely used. Fork tails are easy to prepare and can be used to imitate realistically the tails of natural flies. If, for example, the tail of the fly to be imitated has only three setae, prepare a fork tail with one fiber on one side, two fibers on the other. After tying on the tail horizontally, separate the two fibers by winding as many turns of thread as required between them, taking each turn undef the hook.
The only disadvantage of fork tails is that the oval-shaped hackle stalk does not sit easily on the hook shank when the hackle is placed there horizontally. This makes it especially important to select the right part of the hackle. Choose a large hackle, and cut the fork from the top of the feather where the hackle stalk is thinnest.
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