The Gray Hackle Peacock is a great fishing fly. It’s a simple soft-hackle wet fly, and may be as simple a tie as employing just the use of the peacock herl body and the grizzly hackle, that’s it. This version has the added bling of the gold tinsel tag and tinsel rib as well. The flash adds extra factors that appeal to the fish. The soft hen hackle moves in the water; this fly may be fished on a traditional down-and-across wet fly cast, singly or with one or two other patterns, or it may also be twitched, jigged, jiggled, and retrieved upstream through water that the angler suspects may hold trout. The Gray Hackle Peacock is also deadly when used in a single or two-fly indicator rig when dead-drift nymph fishing. The recipe is:
Gray Hackle Peacock
Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #100 Black or #47 Tobacco Brown
Hook: Standard wet fly hook, #6 to #18
Tag: Gold tinsel
Body: Peacock herl; use several strands on larger hooks to as few as two on smaller ones. Use of one strand of peacock herl on all but the smallest hooks invites the risk of breakage. Two or more strands wound together provides added strength.
Rib: Gold tinsel, can be either flat or oval
Hackle: Grizzly hen hackle