02-25-2012, 01:28 PM
Re: peacock herl
Grassonfly-- since you tie mostly saltwater flies, some of the material that i use most often to imitate baitfish:
Flat braided mylar for bodies on minnows (goes by a number of names like Diamond Braid, Sparkle Braid, Bill's Body Braid) Pearl, silver and gold are good colors, but I probably use pearl the most. It's pretty durable compared to other body materials also.
Krystal Flash - a bit more subtle than Flashabou, pearl is a good all a round color to start with since it picks up and reflects other colors in the fly
Flashabou- I like to leave a little extending beyond the tail,. ALthough available in a a zillion colors, I tend to use Silver the most-- it also comes in handy to imitate the lateral line along each side of many baitfish
Bucktail- a very versatile material, you can do a lot with it to imitate a variety of different baitfish profiles by using different tying techniques.
Strung peacock herl- for toppings on baitfish- as mentioned it's an almost perfect match for imitating the iridescent greenish-blueish-purplish-blackish back of many baitfish
Strung saddle hackle- inexpensive, available in a variety of dyed colors, but I use white most often.
There are a ton of other things you can add like synthetics, more specialized and expensive types of feathers on the skin, etc., but you can do a lot of damage with just the above basics-- what kind of gamefish are you after and what kinds of baitfish do you want to imitate?