I love fly fishing. I am a Fly Fishers International Certified Single & Two Hand Casting Instructor with sixty years experience in fly fishing, casting and fly tying to share. Please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will tell you what I know. My areas of knowledge are in fly fishing and fly tying for North Eastern trout, Landlocked salmon and the experience of over forty rivers world wide fly casting to Atlantic Salmon.
I have a fond appreciation for tying Atlantic Salmon flies for fishing or for fun. One thing that is present on most is the symmetrical look that an up curved tail will give. The idea is that you will have the tip of the tail touch the tip of the topping. The easiest way to do this is to pre select the tail and the topping and soak them in warm water. Then have a collection of bottles in different diameters to lay the feathers on and let them dry. Make sure they will match by holding the feather on the bare hook. Lay in the tail and crimp bend the topping exactly where it must sit at the head of the fly.