The following tail tie-in procedure can be used for dries and nymphs and other types of tail material like: marabou, hen hackle barbs, gold pheasant tippets, deer and elk hair, etc.
See: Hackle Barb Preparation for hackle barb tails.
See Hair Stacking for hair tails.



1) Measure hackle barbs or hair against hook shank to determine tail length.

If you are tying something other than a standard dry fly, check your
Fly Porportions before you set tail length.




2) Cover that hook shank length with left hand and hold tail material butts against hook shank.



3) Hold tail material butts so that the point where the material bundle comes out of finger tips is aligned with hook bend and shank connection. Cut off excess so that tail butts end up against wing butts. This makes for a smooth underbody and your body will not turn out bulky and uneven.



4) Make sure thread is hanging at area where hook bend and shank meet. Hold tail butts against your side of hook shank at a downward angle where the thread is hanging and make a loose wrap of thread.


Alternate Tail Tie-in Method for Nymphs


4) Tighten thread and ,while maintaining heavy thread tension, wrap forward to wing butts. This will roll tail fibers on top of hook shank. Then wrap thread to hook bend. You are now ready to:

Dub Body for:
light cahill, adams, bwo parachute or hare's ear.

Or Wrap Quill Body for red quill.
Or Tie In Peacock Body for royal wulff.
Or Spin Deer Hair Body for irresistable.

Light Cahill, Adams Dry , Blue Wing Olive, Royal Wullf
Red Quill,Irresistable