Reverse Palmer Hackle
Reverse-palmer hackling has largely taken the place of forward-palmering in many applications on both floating and subsurface patterns. The technique requires that the hackle be tied off and reinforced with ribbing material, which adds to the durability. Moreover, the feather can be mounted after the body material is applied; should the hackle break during wrapping - as sometimes happens - it can simply be removed and a new feather put in place.

The most widespread use of reverse-palmering is in the Elk Hair Caddis, but many tyers use it on patterns, such as the Woolly Bugger, that originally called for a forward-palmer hackle. Wrapping the feather in reverse allows the tyer to introduce a slight taper to the hackle without the more troublesome use of a tip-mounted, forward palmer hackle.
Step 1. Begin by mounting a length of thin ribbing material at the tailing point. A
thin metal wire is typically used, but the rib can also be fashioned from a separate
piece of tying thread, a strand of Krystal Flash or other twisted Mylar, or any material thin enough to lay against the feather stem without pushing the barbs out of position.

The hackle should be mounted immediately ahead of the front edge of the body. Grasp the tip of the feather with a pair of hackle pliers so that the pliers are in line with the feather stem. Wrap the hackle in a uniform spiral to the rear of the body. The distance between hackle wraps is a matter of the taste or the requirements of the particular pattern.

Step 2. When the tail is reached with the palmered hackle, use the left hand to hold the feather tip above the hook shank at angle. With the right hand, bring the ribbing material over the top of the shank, slipping it between the barbs so that it lies atop the feather stem. Take another wrap of ribbing material over the first. As the rib is brought
down the far side of the shank, angle it toward the hook eye and begin wrapping it forward. As you wrap the ribbing material forward, wiggle it slightly from side to side to
avoid trapping any hackle barbs and to place the ribbing material directly against
the feather stem.

Step 3. Wrap the ribbing material to the forward edge of the body. Note that the spacing of the rib material is approximately the same as the spacing between hackle wraps. When the front edge of the body is reached, tie off the ribbing material. Clip or break off the excess ribbing and bind down the tag with thread. Trim off the tip.