A beautiful tie as always Scott, I am jealous of your skills and abilities with all that you tie.
Is it ok to put a SHAN coat or mono wrap over the deer hair to toughen it up? I used to tie raccoons with deer hair and while great fish catchers on occasion, they got thrashed pretty fast, sometimes a fly per fish. I now use Antron or other synthetics.
The herl too adds to the fragility. I assume a counterwrap to secure would do this but I wonder if I’m too cautious or weight screws up the fly or it’s profile?