stiff brittle hackle Home › Forums › The Hatch › stiff brittle hackle This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Creek 2 weeks, 3 days ago. Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts March 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm #7913 Scotty MacFlyParticipant I found that if your hackle is brittle and stiff and doesn’t want to wind nice and straight around the hook shank, take a pot of boiling water and hold the cape or saddle in the steam for a few minutes. Sometimes it helps to bring it back to life. March 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm #7914 CreekParticipant Yes, and if it doesn’t work you can make tea with the boiling water. Author Posts Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.