Start the thread just before the bend. Take a marabou feather and
cut off about 1/3 off one side. Tie this is at the bend of the
2. Cut another 1/3 of the feather and tie it on top of the
last bunch. You can use 1/2 the feather to make the standard tail,
or the whole feather to make a really bushy tail. The finished tail
should be the same length of the hook.
3. Cut a piece of
chenille 8cm long and tie it in at the bend. Choose a saddle feather
that has fibres at least as long as the gape of the hook
4. Tie the feather in by the tip, making sure that all the
fibres are separated (gently run your fingers down the stem to
separate the fibres). Wind the chenille up to the eye of the hook to
form a neat, dense body.
5. Wind the
hackle forward using evenly spaced turns, stroking the fibres
backwards with each turn until you reach the eye of the hook.
6. Tie down
and form a small head with the thread. Whip finish the thread off
and varnish the head.
7. It is
optional (but recommended) that a piece of lead wire be wound on
shank of hook prior to winding thread on, this will enable a faster