Some Other Tail Styles

Golden Pheasant Tippet (as used in "Pink Lady"): Pull out one tippet from the tippet collar, then prepare the tippet by pulling off all waste and lightly marked fibers. Select between four and six well-marked fibers from either side (holding deep orange surface of tippet uppermost) then, gripping the tops of the selected tippet fibers to keep them even, pull them off. Hold up the tippet fibers to check the proportions, then tie on horizontally using the "hackle-point method," keeping the deep orange side uppermost.

Golden Pheasant Crest (as used in "Campbell's Fancy"): The little yellow crest feathers from the golden pheasant are among the most attractive materials available to the flytyer. Choose a feather of the correct size and with the best curve for the size of hook. (Badly curved feathers should be soaked in water and reshaped by hand on a flat surface, then allowed to dry naturally.) Use scissors to trim the excess buff-colored downy part of the butt (which is the strongest part of the crest) at the same angle as shown in step 2 for the "Hackle-point Tail." Tie on at the waist of the prepared butt, with crest curving upward, and cut off surplus.

Matched Tails (as used in "Muddler Minnow"): Prepare matched tails in the same way as described for "Matched Wet Wings" in Chapter 6. Tie on using the "wood-duck method."

Teal Tails (as used in "Rube Wood"): Teal feathers are notoriously prone to splay out toward the tips as they are being tied on, effectively hiding the markings on the fibers. The only answer is to buy the very best quality large flank feathers, and make sure that the fibers hold together right up to the tips. Tie on using the "wood-duck method."

Peacock Tails (as used in "Silver Prince"): To make thick and bushy peacock tails, choose the herls directly below the eye of the tail feather. (The herls lower down the feather have a thinner flue.) Cut the herls a little longer than the eventual length of the finished tail. Making sure that the tips are even, and the flue uppermost, hold up the herls, adjust for final length, tie on using the "wood-duck method", and cut off the surplus.

For a clipped peacock tail, proceed as above but clip the finished tail with straight scissors. The surplus herls cut off may be used for more tails.

Mixed Hackle Fiber and Duck Tails (as used in "McGinty"): It does not matter which material you tie on first, but I usually start by tying on a slip of well-marked duck flank feather (using the "wood-duck method"), followed by a small bunch of hackle fibers tied directly on top. Use fibers the same length as the slip of duck, and tie them on using the method shown for "Hackle-Fiber Tails". The hackle fibers must not be too thick, or they will hide the duck feather.

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