You need to be using CDC feathers which have barbules which are long enough to reach from the tie end point to the hook bend. Those feathers are not stacked on top of each other, but placed side by side and tied in together, not one at a time. Also note that Steve is tying in his feathers on a thread base which prevents the feather shaft from being crimped into the dubbing and causing the feather to flare upward. If you look closedly you can see a couple of thread wraps behind the tie in point of the feather. I'm thinking the feather quality is your main issue. Regards, Silvercreek
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