Wind the thread from the 95% position in touching turns to the bend
of the hook
Tie in a tag of red wool that is about as long as the gape of the
Tie in several strands of peacock herl. It is best to tie in an
equal number of herl and to tie half in from the butt end after
trimming of the white butt section and the other half by the tip/s.
By doing this you avoid a situation, particularly with poorer
quality herl, of the finished body showing nice wide flue (Flue =
the small individual fibres on the Peacock herl or Ostrich herl)
at one end of the body and poor thin flue at the other end
of the body.
4. Wind the herls around the silk to form a herl rope.
5. Tie in 1 or 2 red cock hackles depending on their length and
quality. The barbs on the hackle should be around 1¼ times the gape
of the hook.
Build up the head whip finish & varnish.
Wind the hackle forward in touching turns but stopping short of the
eye of the hook so as to leave room for the head. Tie the hackle off
and trim the loose end.