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Peacock Midge
By Jim Schollmeyer

Peacock herls from the eye and sword feathers produce the best stripped quills. On eyed feathers, the herls from the lower half of the eye have a two-tone color that produces distinct banding when wrapped, but these herls are short and thin and are best for smaller flies. Herls from sword feathers are longer but more uniform in color; they work well for larger flies. Presoaking herls in water makes them more pliable and less likely to split when wrapped.

Materials List:

    Originator:   Vic Bergman

    Hook:   Scud, 2X heavy, sizes 12-20.

    Thread:   Black.

    Tail:   Grizzly hackle fibers.

    Abdomen:  One strand stripped peacock herl.

    Thorax:   Natural ostrich herl, optional, brass bead.

    Hackle:   Grizzly.

Tying Instructions:

1. Mount a hook in the vise. Tie in the thread at the front and advance it to the rear. Mount the hackle fibers at the rear tie-in position with 3 thread wraps. Do not trim the excess hackle fibers.

2. Use 3 tight thread wraps to mount the stripped peacock herl back from the tip at the angle shown. Do not trim the excess.

3. Counter-twist the thread to flatten it; then wrap the thread forward over the butt ends of the tail fibers and quill, forming a smooth underbody, as shown.

4. Trim the excess quill and tail fibers. If the quill is short, use hackle pliers to grip it. Start by taking the first wrap of the quill toward the rear to cover the thread wraps.

5. Wind the quill forward. Place the wraps snug against one another, as shown. Do not overlap the edges or the segmented effect will be lost.

6. Continue winding the quill to the front tie-off position and secure the quill with 3 thread wraps.

7. Trim the excess quill. Mount the ostrich herl at the tie-in position, take 3-4 wraps forward and secure the herl with 3 thread wraps.

8. Trim the excess herl. Use the collar hackle method to mount the feather and take 1-2 wraps; secure the hackle and trim the excess. Tie off the thread and finish the head.

~ Jim Schollmeyer

Credits: The Peacock Midge is one of the many excellent instructional flies presented in Jim Schollmeyers book, Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques, published by Frank Amato Publications.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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