Monday, February 25, 2013

The hackle stacker tutorial

 The hackle stacker is great dry fly pattern. It was devised by Bob Quigley. The fly utilizes a paraloop technique by winding the hackle around a post and then pulling them over the top of thorax. The pattern can be a bit of a bitch to tie at first but once you do a couple you will have it down.  You can also utilize a gallows tool for this task but I find it as easy to just use my finders.  So lets tie one up, the tutorial is of an adams, but this pattern can be tied to match any mayflies.

Hook- Daiichi 1180 #10-24
Thread- Grey Uni 8/0
Tail- Mix of brown and grizzly
Abdomen- Adams grey super fine dubbing
Hackle- Brown and grizzly rooster hackle
Loop- Tying thread
Thorax- Adams grey superfine dubbing

Underside or trouts view, Looks tasty to me.  The best part of the this fly is you can stroke the hackle down to each side it makes a great hackle wing spinner! 


  1. Hi Johnny!

    Really like this tutorial! I've used the technique to obtain the type of fly I want to tie. Would like to suggest that you made a video tutorial of this technique. That would be great!

    Kind greetings,
    Mats Olsson

    1. Hi Mats!

      Thank you! and I will be doing a video very soon. The video will make the technique a lot easier to understand.

      Tight Ties
      Johnny Utah

  2. Ditto to video! Nice tie too.

  3. I always used the gallows to hold the post, never thought of using a dubbing loop, Ill have to give it a try.

    1. Ive seen the gallows and a loop of mono, but the problem you run into with the mono is bulk, especially in the head area. The dubbing loop is great for small flies, but can also be used for large ones. Have fun with it, once you get it, they go fast.

  4. Nicely presented. Thank you.

  5. Couldn't find the video. Great lesson though