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“.