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Not a Fly but a STYLE-Peacock Herl on a Dubbing Loop

Peacock herl is a great body material. But it is not durable. A fish can get a tooth into the herl and it breaks and unravels. End of the fly. With the use of a dubbing tool we shall make a peacock herl chanile .

There are several of these on the market you can buy. This one is made with a paper clip and the end of a mechanicl pencil. Bend the paper clip in half and slide it thru the  pencil. Fold the ends over this will be used to hook into the loop.

Place hook in the vice and dress the hook, starting at the eye wrap thread to the bend of the hook.

Take 5 or 6 herls trim even and bind the material down to top of hook shank.

Wrap the herl around the thread all the way to the bottom of the herl.

With your thumb and finger grasp the herl and the thread, hold, and take the thread up and over the hook shank.

 

Then over the herl and thread.

Then around the hook shank towards the front of the hook.

Hook the dubbing tool thru the loop in the thread and start twisting. This will create the herl chanile. Then wrap to the front of the hook, tie down and clip off excess.

This is the basis for my Naybee,and is the most durable way to use peacok herl for the body.

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Comment by Ronnie M. on June 22, 2012 at 4:44pm

Good post Jen. Peacock Herl makes a great fly body and like the others I use it on some of the flies I tie and use. I use wire ribbing when tying with herl but I plan to make some chenille using the loop on some flies. Nice work on the dubbing tool, love to see hand made tools. :)

Comment by Dave Sabo on June 22, 2012 at 4:17pm

I love to use dyed pecock herl on my Wooley Buggers for Smallmouth bass. This tip will really extend the life of all my flies that use pecock,thanks.

Comment by Jen Nayfly on May 30, 2012 at 6:33pm
Thanks guys, I love tying my own flies almost as much as catching fish on the ones I tye! Haven't bought a fly in years.
Comment by Greg McWilliams on May 29, 2012 at 9:29am

Jen, GREAT JOB on the post!!!!!!! I use peacock herl a lot the colors in the are so BUGGY!!!!

This si a GREAT WAY to use a DUBBING TOOL!!!!!! 

Speaking of DUBBING  TOOLS, That is GREAT!!!!!!!

Comment by dick tabbert on May 28, 2012 at 8:54pm

Very interesting.

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