by Fly Fisherman

On dry flies, the tail has an extremely important function, in that it assists greatly in floating the fly in a natural position. Also, inasmuch as the mayflies have this graceful appendage, it is a necessary part in simulating the appearance of the fly.
Tails are generally fashioned from stripped hackle fibers or barbs, hackle tips, golden, amherst and silver pheasant tippets, crests and some body plumage, natural and dyed segments from flight quills and larger tail feathers, wisps from pheasant tails, wisps of mallard and woodduck flank plumage, peacock plumage, turkey quills, hair and guard hairs from various furs and skins, etc. In the wet fly realm, all the above are used plus yarn segments and almost any fabric that will lend the appearance wanted by the tier.

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