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My favorite method for reinforcing herl is using ice dub instead. :p

But to the point, I might have to try the loop. I've often used a single strand of thread and twisted the herl/thread together to make a rope. But sometimes the hurl breaks before I get it as tight as I'd like. Maybe two strands of thread would help.
 

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Great little trick. Now if I can just remember to use it next time I do a peacock body

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Enjoyed the comment about adding red crystal flash. I tie a small
herl bodied bugger by adding a couple strands of peacock crystal flash which also gives a nice little sparkle which has been highly effective
on lakes.
 

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I know this technique, or you can just spin it around the tying thread. I doesn't look as nice as wrapping the herl up the body but certainly lasts longer on the fly. One little thing that IMO improves the look, is to tie the herl in by the tips rather than the butts, it seems to give me a better looking body......try it and see what you think....
 

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I know this technique, or you can just spin it around the tying thread. I doesn't look as nice as wrapping the herl up the body but certainly lasts longer on the fly. One little thing that IMO improves the look, is to tie the herl in by the tips rather than the butts, it seems to give me a better looking body......try it and see what you think....
I've done the single strand (of thread) a lot. It's definitely better than nothing. The butts vs tips thing definitely impacts taper bulk. I've also mixed them sometimes (when using multiple herls), and and cut off the extreme tips (too fragile) and butts (too stiff).
 

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I've done the single strand (of thread) a lot. It's definitely better than nothing. The butts vs tips thing definitely impacts taper bulk. I've also mixed them sometimes (when using multiple herls), and and cut off the extreme tips (too fragile) and butts (too stiff).
Thanks tkww, I should have added the comment on clipping off the tips......that is important
 
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