Re: Any headache saving tips for a new tyer? (besides don't start the addiction)
When you tie in your tail material, use a loose loop of thread, then pull the material towards the head to adjust the length before wrapping it in tight.
The body looks fine and you did a good job of leaving sufficient head space.
As for measuring your hackle (which is WAY too long) just take a wrap around the shank near the hook gap before tying in the hackle- it should be no more than 1/2 longer than the gap. If it's too long, select another and try again. Depending on where you're fishing ( the type of water, that is), sometimes it's necessary to "over hackle" a fly... so taking an extra wrap or two is no biggie. Oh and your hackle tip wings are the exact right length.
Seems as if you're on the right track!!