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How to Tie a Perdigon-Style Zebra Midge

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  tim-flagler

Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “In true Perdigon style, Coq de Leon fibers are used for the tail of the fly. After plucking a feather free from the skin, locate the nice, stiff, straight fibers and separate out 3 or 4. While keeping their tips aligned, strip them free from the stem and pass them to the fingertips of your right hand. Measure to form a tail a full hook in length and transfer that measurement rearward to the start of the bend. Use a pinch wrap to secure the fibers directly to the top of the hook shank and take wraps forward until you reach the wire. You can then snip the excess butt ends of the fibers off close.”

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