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Thank you, Kayo! Looks like there were other good tips posted there, as well, so I've bookmarked it to go back to.
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but doesn't seem that durable...
Only because it isn't. I've used it on some big flies like Flatwings. It's the first thing they destroy. Your part where you said " To be honest, it looks great," is the only reason I put it on them.
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For me, it's probably the best material that I can put on a hook for attracting fish. I think it's the combination of natural dark and light green colors, coupled with the flash of gold that you often see up close with herl.

It isn't durable though. I always counter-wrap a rib of something like gold wire; not fine enough to act like a knife, but thick enough to hold down the herl, while not over-powering it.

Here's a Leadwing Coachman; which features single stranded herl for the body:

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And here's a variation of the PTN pattern that I tie with almost all herl, using a herl rope:

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Default Re: peacock herl

Lately I've been tying some dries that incorporate herl.....and when I'm done I've been brushing on some clear nail polish onto the herl ......it seems to keep its attractive sheen it just becomes hardended and more durable. just my .02
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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?
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Default Re: peacock herl

I love using peacock, and I hate it at the same time. Peacock herl is flashy, but not durable. It's a bit hard to tie, but worth it. There's a flashy fly I made at random that I call the exotic dancer. It has peacock herl, ostrich herl, and partridge softhackle. When I don't use the softhackle, I use pheasant on the back to change it up a little. Bluegill love it, but it sure doesn't last long.
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