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Fly tying instruction, the Red Tag

How to tie the Red Tag

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The Red Tag is always a good choice, be it as a dry fly or as a nymph. If you want to tie it as a nymph, you have three choices. You can use lead wire only to get it down, or using a bead head from brass or tungsten. Here you will find a fly tying instruction for the Red Tag by Wolfgang Fabisch.

1. Wrap your tying thread from eye to bend and tie in some red unspun multifilament thread at the bend as shown on the photograph.

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2. Clip the part pointing to the eye closely and tie down tight.

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3. Tie in two to three strands of peacock herl and

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4. wrap them towards the eye and tie them down, leaving about 3 mm (.12 inches) of space behind the eye.

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5. Tie in a brown hackle where you tied down the herl.

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6. Now snip the tail to proper length, wind your hackle to the eye,  whipfinish: done!

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7. If you use a grizzly hackle instead of  a brown one, you get a version called "Hexe" in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. "Hexe" means witch - this may give you some indication as to its efficacy.

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8. As a beadhead nymph, the Red Tag is also always a good choice

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Enjoy tying and fishing your own!    Wolfgang

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