02-23-2012, 08:04 AM
Re: peacock herl
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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