Peacock Herl Body

  • Prepare the hook shank with even turns of foundation thread to the tail position. (S)
  • Using the chenille method, tie in a six-inch (150 mm) length of dark-colored thread at the tail position. (S) This thread will form the "invisible" ribbing.
  • Cut between three and five peacock herls from just below the eye.
  • When cut, keep all the herls with the flue (fluffy) side up.
  • Hold the herls in your left hand about % inch (20 mm) from the butts (the cut ends). Place the butts underneath the shank, directly in front of the ribbing thread and tying thread. Ensure that the flue side of each herl now faces the bend of the hook.
  • Tie in the herls in the same way as the ribbing thread. (S)
Bamboo Butts
  • Wind the tying thread in even turns to the hackle position, binding in the butts. (While binding them in, keep the butts underneath the shank with your left thumbnail.) (S)
  • With the dubbing needle, apply lacquer both above and below the hook shank.
  • Wind on the herls in close turns to the hackle position.
  • Tie off the herls by bringing them in front of the tying thread and almost parallel to the hook shank. Take the thread over the shank to trap the herls, then take one more turn. (S)
  • For a fatter peacock body, trim off the surplus herls. Then tie in three to five more herls at this point. (S) Cut off the surplus butts if necessary. Wind the herls down the body and back again to the hackle position. Tie off. (S)
  • Wind on the ribbing. This may be in the same direction as, or opposite to, the body material.
  • Tie off the ribbing with two turns of tying thread. (S) Cut off the surplus.
  • Trim off the surplus herls close to the securing turns.
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