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Tying the Red Tag

Red Tag Fly Tying Materials List


Tying the Red Tag  Step 1

STEP 1 : Catch the thread onto the hookshank.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 2

STEP 2 : Take a bunch of Red Wool and secure along the hookshank. Stop winding the thread at a position opposite the barb.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 3

STEP 3 : Take a few peacock herls and secure to the hookshank tips first.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 4

STEP 4 : Spin the peacock herls around the thread. (This will make the peacock herl more robust and doesn't require a wire rib to reinforce the herls and hence reduce the weight of the fly which is ideal for smaller hook sizes)

Tying the Red Tag  Step 5

STEP 5 : Wind the peacock herls up towards the eye. About 1/3 of the hookshank length from the eye, tie off the peacock herls and trim any waste.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 6

STEP 6 : Take a brown cock hackle and catch in where the peacock herls finished. The barb length should be at least the size of the hook gape. I personally prefer 1.5 times. TIP: If you need the fly to sit lower in the water, it is very easy to trim the hackle under the fly.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 7

STEP 7 : Wind the hackle up to the eye. The number of winds of hackle, depends on how bushy the hackle will be. Secure the hackle with thread and trim any waste hackle.

Tying the Red Tag  Step 8

STEP 8 : Take hold of the head hackle with your left hand and brush it back until only the thread is exposed. Create a neat head with the thread, whip finish and varnish.

STEP 9 : The only thing left to do now is to trim the tail to length. Take hold of the red wool in your left hand and twist it slightly, take a pair of sharp scissors and perform a single cut across the wool.

Tying the Red Tag Final Step

Final : The finished fly.