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    Default Peacock Feathers in fly tying

    Hi all

    I am new to fly tying and just wanted to find some flies/patterns/uses you could tie using peacock feathers

    Thanks

    Adrian

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    Adrian,

    Peacock herl is probably one of my most widely used materials. You can tie a multitude of patterns with it, from buggers to nymphs to dries to pretty much anything.

    I tie all Woolly Buggers I use, no matter the colour, with a peacock body. You can do this by twisting a couple of herls into a rope and wrapping them around the hook shank.

    I can't say I've ever tied any fly that made use of the "eye" part of a peacock feather, but the stripped herls are often used for making bodies, and can also be stripped so just the quill part is left and then wrapped to make midge or dry fly bodies.
    Last edited by ShaunF; 25-01-08 at 11:23 AM.

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    As Shaun said, multitudes of patterns use it, even just when tying nymphs, PH can be great to add a natural colour and shine to something as simple as a PTN or even just a plain black nymph.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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    The blue feathers from the chest, makes lovely oversized soft hackle flies and for RAB's
    Also very good for some streamers.
    Peacock sword also good for streamers
    Have a look at this streamer site.

    http://www.globalflyfisher.com/strea...tewart_leeman/

    Really awesome streamers
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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