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|Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:40 pm Post subject: Green Peter
|Green Peter - by Alan Bithell
Hook #6 -14 wet fly
Thread Black or brown no thicker than 6/0
Rib Gold wire, the smaller the hook the finer the wire.
Body Pea Green Seal's Fur.
Hackle Red Game (Brown) Palmered
Wing Matched slips from a hen pheasant's wing secondary feather
Head Hackle Red Game or Greenwell (Red game with black centre and tips.
Secure hook in vice and start thread. Leave a gap behind the eye roughly equivalent to 1 to 11/2 times the width of the eye.
Run the thread in touching turns down the hook shank to either a point opposite the barb or the start of the bend. Whichever you arrive at first.
Catch in the gold wire under the hook shank. Pull the wire through so that the tag end extends to the point you started the thread. Doing this means no bump under the wire.
Dub the seal's fur onto the thread. If you find it difficult to dub scrunch up the fur like an old man with his tobacco for his pipe then tease it apart again into a fine mat.
Wind the dubbed thread forward creating an even body.
stop the body a little way back from the point you started the thread.
Tie in the body hackle, tie it along side the hook shank to create a bigger base for the wing.
Wind the hackle down the body in even open turns to the back end of the body.
Secure the hackle to the body by winding the ribbing wire through the hackle. As a rough guide the number of turns of hackle and rib should be the same. Tie off the wire at the front of the body.
Break off the extra wire (Don't cut it it ruins your scissors isn't as accurate as breaking it and not as secure).
Trim out the excess hackle.
Now for the wings. Mount a matched pair of slips from hen pheasant wings secondary feathers. Use the "Valley" method if you want good wings. (I will send you the how to on wet fly winging if you want it) I must confess I don't have any hen pheasant to hand so have used peacock secondary.
Once the wing is secure attach the head hackle
and wind it as a full collar hackle.
Form a neat head behind the eye whip finish and varnish.
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