"The Crest Tail"

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Intro: When tying loose material ends on the underside of a hook it pays to put them side by side rather than pile one on top of the other. You can tie quite a few different materials underneath the hook in this way keeping unsightly bumps and lumps to a minimum. When winding on the ribbing the number of turns you make depends a great deal on the size of hook chosen and the size of the tinsel being used. Oval Tinsel comes in various sizes, the most common being wide, medium and fine, as a guide fine tinsel is used on very small flies and wide tinsel on very large flies.
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Diagram 1
After tying in the tag we move on to the tail. Taking a Golden Pheasant Crest feather of appropriate size tie in on top of the hook. This should extend to just beyond the hook bend and have a nice upward curve, as shown. The point at which the feather is tied in is shown by line (A). To curve a feather evenly wet it thoroughly and stick it to the inside of a small glass or cup and let it dry in the curvature of the glass. 
 
Diagram 2
A piece of oval silver tinsel is now tied in under the hook, as before, for the ribbing. Tie in a length of black floss for  the body and wind up to the point (B), shown on Diagram 2, forming a nice even body as you go. Tie  the loose end under the hook and trim off the excess.
   Take the oval silver tinsel and wind on in open turns keeping the spaces equal to form the ribbing. Again tie the loose end under the hook and trim off. Make sure to stop the body and rib at line (B). The distance between line (B) and line (C) should be big enough for the hackle and winging materials as well as the finished fly head.
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