A few years ago, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.
In this video, the first of a three-part series, Tim explains some of the different uses for peacock herl, including the different parts of the feather. Peacock herl can help you crate bushy bodies or thoraxes, or slender quill bodies. Knowing how and when to use peacock herl will make you a more versatile tier.