Fly Tying Tips – How to tie in Peacock Herl

Even the best peacock herl strands are very brittle, so constructing a fly with a tear and rip proof body is a tough task without bulking it up too much. In this weeks fly tying tip we’re going to show you how to securely tie in peacock herl and create a great looking peacock body that is bomb proof.

This tip was shown to me in a fly tying class probably around 12 years ago, and has saved many of my flies from the death of trout teeth. Use one fly using this technique and another without, you’ll be surprised at the dramatic results.

The tutorial below is obviously just the peacock body. Incorporating this method into flies such as diawl bachs, black and peacock spiders, or practically anything with a peacock body, you’ll strengthen the body tenfold.

Want to know the best way of stripping peacock herl? Watch my video tutorial on “how to strip peacock herl“.

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Kieron Jenkins

About Kieron Jenkins

Born and raised on the rivers and lakes of south Wales, Kieron Jenkins won his first cap at the age of nine, fishing for the Welsh Youth International team. He has gone on to prove himself as one of the leading competition anglers of his generation, both on the river and also the stillwater scene. Specialising in nymph and dry fly fishing in the small streams and larger, freestone rivers of South Wales, he’s also a highly respected and innovative fly tier. Kieron regularly contributes quality features to online and printed game fishing publications. When he’s not fly fishing, kieron is digital marketing manager at Fulling Mill.