Peacock herl is without a doubt one of the most effective materials we use in tying flies.
It has been touted as an attractor par excellence, and a must use material in many of our most
It is typically sold either in ¼ oz bundles, or still on the quill. Many tiers prefer the quill, although
the 'strung' variety might be more convenient.
If you have been tying for any length of time, you may have heard of 'bronze' herl. Occasionally
a mail order catalogue may even make an offering of this more 'exotic' color.
You can however save yourself some money, and aggravation, by making your own 'bronze'
Simply take your quill or your string from the bag and hang it with a clip or clothespin or
whatever in an area where it will be struck by direct sunlight. Turn it everyday so that it
gets equal amounts of sun on all areas.
After about two weeks, or less, you will have a supply of beautiful bronze herl. You can control
how bronze your herl becomes by controlling the length of exposure.
Some interesting effects can be achieved with this especially when combined with its more
traditional counterpart. Twist a couple of each type together in a rope and you will get a subtle
variegation in your next Prince Nymph, or Leadwing Coachman.
Who knows, the slight difference in color just might be what the fish want today.
If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this
material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas
too! ~ George E. Emanuel
(Chat Room Host Muddler)