TAILING AND ABDOMEN FOR
PHEASANT TAIL NYMPH
1. Take a ringneck pheasant center tail feather. Pull off the base of the stem any short or messed up fibers. Notice how part of the fibers have a rust color with a purple cast to the tips and a darker olive at the base of the fibers near the feather stem. That rust color is what we want to work with. Take your right hand and hold about 12 (depends on hook size) fibers so they stick out perpendicular to the feather stem.
2. Grasp the fibers by the tips with your left hand and try to keep the tips even. Trim the fibers near the base. We want as much length as possible to make the fibers easier to work with.
3. Grasp the fibers with your right hand.
|4. Measure from the tips of the fibers about 1/2 Hook shank length to get our point "A"|
|5. Grab the tips with your left hand and hold fibers against your side of the hook shank at the bend where we tied in the copper wire, at a downward angle. Make sure point "A" on the fibers intersects with the wire rib tie in point. Also be sure your thread is hanging at that point.|
|6. Make loose wrap of thread.|
|7. Tighten thread and make about 4 more thread wraps in that same area.|
|8. Hold pheasant tail fibers by the butts with left hand and wrap thread to about 3/4 hook shank length and leave hanging.|
|9. Take the pheasant tail fibers and start wrapping around hook shank to create abdomen area. Be sure to cover the exposed thread and hook.|
|10. It sometimes helps to make a wrap with your right hand and when you get to the downward swing under the hook shank, take your left forefinger and hold the last wrap of pheasant tail fibers against shank. Let go with right hand, come around the other side of hanging thread bobbin, grab fiber butts again to make another wrap up and over and down backside of hook shank. It is kind of confusing but you will figure it out.|
|11. Wrap till you get to thread which should be at 3/4 hook shank length.|
|12. Tie off pheasant tail fibers with about 4 thread wraps while holding fiber butts in right hand in an upward and forward angle. The way this is done is, pick up bobbin with your left hand from your side of the vise, bring thread up and over to the backside of shank and lower it till it hangs from shank, let go of bobbin and come around vise again to repeat. The reason we tie off material in this manner is to keep material butts in a neat bundle and the thread does not roll individual fibers halter skelter around hook shank. This is most important near the hook eye to keep material out of hook eye.|
|13. Cut excess material.
You are now ready to wrap