TIE-IN AND WRAP
Peacock makes a great body material. Many nymphs and dries are tied with it.
|1. If you look at a strand of herl, you find one side is dark and the other is metallic green. The green color is what we want showing for the body. Also, most peacock herls have a skimpy area at the base of the herl. Cut that part off.|
|2. Hold two to five herls,depending on the size of the fly, in your left thumb and forefinger with the green sides together and against the thumb. Place herls at a downward angle where you want the body to start. On the Prince, you want to start at the hook bend and shank junction. Make a loose wrap of thread and tighten.|
|3. Continue with heavy wraps going forward, securing peacock herl butts. Leave thread hanging near hook eye or behind wing as needed.|
|4. Wrap herl forward with each wrap along side previous wrap and completely covering thread. I wrap herl using my right hand but switch to left and then back to right to avoid hanging thread and bobbin.|
|5. Wrap till you cover body area but leave room at hook eye for leg material tie in and wing tie in. Most beginners crowd the eye with too much material and have trouble whip finishing. Palmer thread thru entire length of body in about 4 or 5 wraps to the rear of hook and back forward to eye to reinforce delicate peacock (breaks easy, doesn't it?).
You are now ready to: Tie In Leg Hackle for Prince