Aftershaft Grey Hackle Peacock SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Browsing through the old ff-ing mags I found some flies Jack Gartside tied up that looked pretty cool. He wrapped the aftershaft as is; I tend to break them off tying that way so prefer to insert in split thread. A little different look here than traditional partridge/India hen/gamebird hackle.

    hook - Mustad 3906B #12
    thread - Danville 6/0 brown
    tails - Mallard (dyed woodduck)
    body - peacock herl
    hackle - aftershaft feather (sharptail grouse used here)



    mash barb, attach thread

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    take some peacock herl, trim ends even, tie in and wrap back

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    slightly twist herl with thread for re-enforcement (alternate would be to rib with fine wire) and wrap forward to create body; tie off peacock and trim

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    pull off an aftershaft feather; insert in clip (makes it a lot easier to manage)

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    split thread with needle and insert clip/feather; you want the thread next to the quill

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    spin bobbin to trap feather and create "hackle"

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    wet fingers, stroke fibers back and wrap; half hitch x 2 and SHHAN

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    If you want a little less hackle, strip the fibers off one side of the feather

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    very nice looking and fishy fly.
     
  3. flyfishmt

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    What a nice looking, traditional style fly. There is something magical about peacock and trout.
     
  4. FinLuver

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    Where's the TAIL???:eek:
     
  5. ScottP

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    I'll work on an articulated version :D

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  6. Michael v.d.Bogert

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    I like the step where you put the whole feather in the clip and wind it complete.
     
  7. Mark Mercer

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    Nice pattern Scott !!! I definitely like the less hackle version better... I can't think of a place where that fly won't work !!!! Thanks for posting !!!!

    Mark
     

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