For the Tellico Nymph, we are going to use a section of turkey tail quill. (See turkey tail prep for more info). You could use pheasant tail, swiss straw or any other suitable material.
Quill section width is determined by hook size and personal preference. Hold end of material on your side of hook at an a downward angle. At extreme end of hook is where we want to tie in wing case material. Make sure there is not any wingcase material past start of lead wire. The turkey tail is thick and if you tie it on top the lead, your body will be lumpy and too thick in the smaller sizes of fly.
|Make a loose wrap of thread.|
|Tighten thread toward your belly button, this will roll wing case material on top of hook shank.Make another couple of wraps and tighten harder. Repeat this process going forward toward leadwraps until butts are lashed down tight.|
|When you get to the end, look at rear of hook shank and see if there is a gap between where the wing case is tied in and the rear end of hook shank.|
|If there is a gap, wrap tightly back toward rear of hook and close gap.|
|Tied in wing case should look like this. Leave thread hanging at rear of hook.|
TELLICO NYMPH, HARE'S EAR NYMPH