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Turkey Tail Emerger

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The Turkey Tail Emerger is believed to have been first tied by Doug Christian (deceased) a member of the Ozark Fly Fishers from Saint Louis, Missouri.

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Hook:Dry fly hook size 18 - 22
Thread:Tan Danville 6/0
Tail:Wood Duck dyed Mallard fiber tips - 3 or 4
Body:Turkey Tail fibers - 3 or 4
Hackle:Three turns of sized to hook premium domestic hen hackle rusty tan (A faded furnace color is okay)

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Tying Instructions

  1. Wrap thread from behind head to the bend of the hook.
  2. Tie in a 6-inch length of tying thread allowing the thread to extend behind the bend (This will become your ribbing material.)
  3. Tie in the tail.
  4. Clip the weak tip ends of the turkey fibers and tie them in on top of the shank. Bring the thread to the hook eye.
  5. Wrap the turkey fibers down the hook shank to a point about two eye lengths behind the eye. Tie off and clip the excess fibers.
  6. Counter wrap the ribbing thread down the shank over the turkey fibers. Tie off and clip the excess ribbing thread.
  7. Prepare the domestic hen hackle by grasping the tip of the feather and pull the fibers towards the butt. Tie in the hackle by the tip in front of the turkey fibers. Make three wraps of the fiber and tie off.
  8. With the fingers, pull/brush the hackle fibers towards the rear and form a head behind the eye.
  9. Whip finish and cement head.

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