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Old 02-22-2012, 10:47 AM
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I'm new to fly fishing and fly tying. I used peacock herl on a fly for the first time last night. To be honest, it looks great, but doesn't seem that durable...
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It's helps to spin it into a dubbing loop if you are winding it on the fly. Much more durable then by itself or even with a wire rib.
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time to pick up some peacock herl and flashabou i only have krystal flash
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I substitute dark green crystal flash on the backs of my Deceivers, and they work just as good as those with peacock, only they last much longer. It has its uses, but doesn't "make" the fly when it comes to streamers.

Good body material for certain dries though, but again, not the most durable even if on a dubbing loop. Back-ribbing helps a little too.
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Having been shown two different methods. I'm looking for some guidance....

When you tie-in peacock harl, do you then wrap it around the thread and then wrap the twisted herl and thread together around the shank? Or do you just position the thread for the tie-off, and wrap the herls by itself.

I've tried both ways, and wrapping without twisting seems to lay down a neater thorax, but I'm doubting it's durability....

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I have wrapped the herl with thread and then wrapped the whole thing on the fly, I have counter wrapped the herl with mono (don't liek the look of this), and I have made herl brushes where you just connect 3 pieces of herl and a couple same length pieces of thread together at one end (use flexament or some other flexible glue), or you can tie in a piece or two of some small mono or flouro at the same time you tie in the herl, give it a light twist and wrap it all together.

I think that adding mono with the herl (twisted or not) will protect it because the fish can't bite through the mono, so, they can not then bite through the herl. If you tie thread in with the herl, instead of mono, I would twist it.

The bottom line is herl is not super durable, but it is inexpensive so when you have a fly that works, tie a lot of them and put em in your fly box or a spare container or old prescription bottle.

Lightline, I have also tried substituting other materials for herl, some work, some don't, if your experience indicates that a specific more durable material works, that's cool.

Sorry if I was not clear, I didn't mean to imply previously that you need herl on every fly, but, herl and flashabou are two materials that can often make a fly more attractive to fish. I don't fish herl or flashabou on every fly, but I do use herl quite a bit for body material on nymphs, and gnats, and I almost always put flashabou in the tail of my buggers (and sometimes a strip down the side of the bugger as well).

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Might not be to durable, but sure as hell looks good in a wing, as well as on the body
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Having been shown two different methods. I'm looking for some guidance....

When you tie-in peacock harl, do you then wrap it around the thread and then wrap the twisted herl and thread together around the shank? Or do you just position the thread for the tie-off, and wrap the herls by itself.

I've tried both ways, and wrapping without twisting seems to lay down a neater thorax, but I'm doubting it's durability....

As always, THANK YOU for any (and all!) hints!!!
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