Tying Video – The Grackle

The Grackle is a fly I have never tied or fished before.  I chose to do a video on the Grackle because of the peacock herl body.  I did a video a couple of weeks ago on a fly called the Barrington.  A viewer commented on the tying technique explained in that video for the peacock herl body that they like making ‘dubbing brushes’ out of the peacock herl with a dubbing loop and it got me to thinking that demonstrating this technique would make a interesting video.  Since the Grackle has a peacock herl body (and no rib) I thought it would be a good candidate.  On many wet flies, nymphs and streamers that use peacock herl for body materials a rib of some sort is usually added to strengthen the herl.  Without it, the herl could get clipped by a rock or a fish as well as just when casting.  The rib helps it to not unravel if that happens.  The Grackle has no such rib so I thought it would also be a good fly to talk about the other benefit of using a dubbing loop to apply the herl and that is strength.  Since the herl is twisted up in the dubbing loop it is very strong and can take much more of a ‘beating’ without falling apart.

The Grackle itself is a quick and easy fly to tie.  If I just did a video on tying this fly it would have only been about 12 minutes long.  However, I added a section where I explain in detail how to make the dubbing loop, how to trap the peacock herl and how to apply the resulting dubbing brush. This lengthened out the video some, but it is worth watching especially if you have never, or seldom, worked with dubbing loops.  I am experimenting with doing this sort of thing in future videos but the difficulty I have is my tying area is very small and getting a second camera in and dealing with lighting, angles and depth of field if proving quite a challenge.  That said, I do hope to add a little more detail to upcoming videos without making them much longer. Lastly, the Grackle is a old pattern.  It is in Ray Berman’s book Trout (page 432 and Plate #4) as well as in Mary Orvis Marbury’s book Favorite Flies and Their Histories (no. 46 on plate F). I did not find any detail about the fly or it’s history so if anyone knows anything about the Grackle please share in the comments below.  – Enjoy

Thread:Danville 6/0, Black
Tail:Goose Shoulder, Red
Body:Peacock Herl
Hackle:Hen Neck, Black
Wing:Goose Quill, Red
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