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A simple pattern using minimal materials. A predominant red tail, or tag, is the fly’s main trait giving it its name. Wool is the traditional choice for the tailing material, not having any on hand antron was used instead.
Fly Tying Guide
Dry Fly Hook
Brown Cock Hackle
Place the hook in the vise and run the thread along the shank from the eye to a point opposite the barb.
Tie in the yarn along shank with close wraps leaving enough room to form a collar and head. Return thread to the point opposite the barb.
Tie in peacock herl fibers and tie in along the shank, position the thread leaving enough room for a collar and head.
Wrap the peacock herl along the shank. Tie off and trim ends.
Trim the yarn just beyond the bend of the hook.
Tie in a hackle with fibers equal to one and a half times the gap, wrap the hackle three times to form a collar. Tie off and trim ends.
Wrap the hackle to form a collar. Tie off and trim ends.
Form a head with thread, cast off and apply head cement.
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