Davie McPhail shows us how to dye strung hackle feathers Sunburst in this fly tying video tutorial. If you have not ventured into the world of dyeing your own fly tying material (yet), this video by Davie McPhail is a good introduction into the Art and Alchemy of dyeing fly tying material.
In a nut shell, here are the basic steps:
Acid dyes are one of the best for dyeing natural fly tying material such as hackle feathers. Acid dyes sound scary but they are safe to use and are so named for the mild acid (such as vinegar or citric acid) used in the dyeing process.
Davie recommends Veniard's dyes, which is an acid dye commonly used by fly tyers in Europe. Veniard dye is hard to come by in the states, and an excellent alternative is Jacquard acid dyes which are more readily available in the US.
Ken Sperry is the editor of Fly Fishing Reporter and a life-long fly fisherman. When not fishing he's usually out running with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He also dabbles in building websites and smartphone apps.
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