Turkey Tail Nymph SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    In honor of all those gobblers who (literally) put their heads on the chopping block. A Pheasant Tail nymph in every other sense.

    hook - Tiemco 200R #12
    thread - Uni 8/0 camel
    tail/abdomen - turkey tail fibers
    rib - copper wire small
    thorax -peacock herl
    wingcase/legs - turkey tail fibers



    mash barb and attach thread

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    tie in wire on underside of hook; note the tag end on the far side of the bend

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    wrap wire back to point above hook barb; by keeping the wire on the far side, thread wraps automatically align the wire neatly on the underside of the hook (a big help if you're tying skinny-bodied flies where any unsightly bumps/lumps are magnified)

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    measure some turkey tail fibers (hook gap distance) and tie in

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    wrap turkey butts up to 60% mark, tie off and trim

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    wrap wire forward, tie down, helicopter to break and smooth over tag end

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    tie in 8-10 turkey tail fibers with tips extending over hook eye about 1/2 shank length; tyers with a keen sense of proportion can tie with the tips facing backwards, extending the proper distance to allow them to pull forward as the wingcase, then fold back as the legs and get them the right length every time. I can't so I cheat. I also like the fact that the butts make a bit of a meatier wingcase.

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    tie in some peacock herl

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    twist herl around tying thread

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    wrap herl forward and tie off 1 hook eye length back from eye

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    divide protruding fibers evenly

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    pull turkey butts forward to form wingcase

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    tie off and trim

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    fold near side legs back and tie down

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    repeat on far side

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    whip finish, SHHAN and you're done

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    These lend themselves well to speed tying, like the PT, although the velcro effect between the barbules and hamuli (I looked this stuff up on the interweb so it must be true) of the individual barbs makes turkey tail a bit "sticky" and harder to separate. I'd imagine Charlie Craven could still get one out the door in under 2 minutes.


    Regards,
    Scott
     

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