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Gray Hackle Peacock

More on tying with hen hackles

A simple to tie but very effective soft hackle pattern. The Gray Hackle Peacock has taken trout for me in a wide variety of circumstance. A grizzly hen saddle supplies the necessary hackle for the fly. Some folks will use red wool, floss, or other material for the tail, but I prefer the barbules of a bright red hackle. Note the sparseness of the hackle and the length of the barbules in relation to the hook shank.

Gray Hackle Peacock
TypeWet fly
Tied by
Bob Petti
Target species
Brown trout

HookStandard Wet Fly
TailRed Hackle Barbs
BodyPeacock Herl
RibFine Gold Wire (optional)
HackleGrizzly Hen Saddle

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