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Kelson Green Highlander Step by step Kelson Green Highlander Step by step After starting thread tie in gut as shown. Full length is the correct way for traditional methods 159065857 To taper down the end of the gut, cutting the strands at different lengths and chewing the ends to soften them is the proper way, but if you have problems with this a short length of wool tied in will give you the same result 159065858 finished taper 159065859 tie in oval silver for tip on the underside and proceed to where the tip should start using touching turns of thread and come back over to where tip finishes 159065860 Take 3-4 turns tinsel and catch in next to the first bit. Proceed towards but keeping the tinsel next to the other 159065861 Trim off and tie in floss at this point 159065862 Take even touching turns back to tip 159065863 and then go forward making each turn closer together to give a slight taper. Just enough to show. Too much taper looks worse than not enough 159065864 Select topping for tail. Rule of thumb ,One and a half to 3/4s hook gape long. Size varies a lot from hook to hook 172206756 After stripping fluff ,leaving some of the whitish part of the feather which helps with the tying in. Run Thumbnail gently but firmly along top of stem which flares fibres 172206757 Side view finished. 172206758 Butt end 172206759 Tie topping for tail 159065865 Add Teal fibres and tie down going forward 159065866 Attach and tie on butt 4-5 turns is usually plenty 159065867 Cut tinsel at an angle and tie in underneath and slightly to the rear so that the first turn starts right at the bottom 159065868 Tie floss in over this 159065869 Wind the floss forward using closer turns as you go( as for the tag) to give a slight taper 159065870 Tie in the prepared body hackle at this point. Choosing a tapered one if possible. It doesn`t want to be overlong. Dub on the minimum amount of dubbing required and take forward as you would with the floss. 159065871 Don`t try to do it all in one hit. doing it in two or three steps makes it a lot easier to control 159065872 Take tinsel forward and trim off 159065873 Following with the body hackle hard up against it stroking it back as you go 159065874 Tie in throat using a hackle slightly longer than the last one 159065875 Tie in a pair of tippets for the underwing with the bar lining up with the butt. Like all proportions this is a rule of thumb measurement as variations are the norm depending on the pattern and hook styles etc. A drop of varnish on the the tie in point wont hurt at this point 159066211 Wing ready to tie in A bit hard to distinguish between the light and the dark Bustard 159066212 Held in place with forefinger and thumb after compressing part of the way with fingernail of right hand 159066213 Taking a soft loop over and pulling up vertically on the near side helps greatly in preventing the wing from floding 159066214 Roof Narrow strip of mallard with LIGHT roots tied in either side top with upper edges touching 159066215 stroke gently but firmly to so follow upper edge of wing . A bit of saliva will set down any stray end fibres 159066216 select topping to suit, Maybe a little thumb nail work to set the curve at the tie in point . Make sure the stem is flattened at this point with your thumbnail or fine pliers 159066217 Tie in to position 159066278 Tie in Horns as close as practically possible to the top side. Ideally should reach to end of topping 159066279 shape head and whip finish 159066359 Finished fly/ Tail is actually a bit long. 159066360 159066361