Tying Instructions: Western Coachman

1. Attach the thread behind the eye and lay a thread foundation to the bend of the hook. The bend is located just above the midpoint of the barb.
Step One
2. Select a tippet feather in which the spacing between the two black bars is about the same as the shank length. Trim off 5-6 barbs. Even the tips in a stacker if they do not align. Tie in the tippet barbs at the bend of the hook with the lower black bar showing using a pinch wrap to keep the barbs together on the top of the shank. Secure with thread wraps to the midpoint of the shank..

Step Two
3. Trim off the tag ends of the tippets and attach a fine Gold Wire to the bottom of the hook shank and secure with thread wraps.
Step Three
4. Secure the wire with tightly spaced thread wraps to the bend of the hook. Keep the wire on the bottom of the shank.

Step Four
5. Secure four strands of Peacock Herl to the side of the shank at the midpoint of the shank and secure with thread wraps to the bend of the hook.
Step Five
6. Twist the herls into a chenille and wrap forward to the 3/4 position of the shank. Secure the herls with thread wraps.
Step Six
7. Trim off the tag ends of herl and reverse wrap the gold wire forward with 5-6 wraps to help protect the herl. Secure the wire tag end with thread wraps at the 3/4 position.
Step Seven
8. Trim off the wire tag and secure a hackle feather by the base just in front of the body. Select a hackle that is 1-2 sizes larger than the hackle guage indicates for the hook size. This is a wet fly and you want the hackle fibers to sweep back, partially covering the hook point. Step Eight
9. Wrap the hackle 3 times with a tight spacing. Secure the tag end with a couple of thread wraps behind the eye. Step Nine
10. Trim off the hackle tag and trim the errant fibers that got locked forward. Place a couple of thread wraps tight against the base of the hackle fibers to help them sweep back. Step Ten
11. Cut a small portion of White Deer Hair from the hide. Clean the fluff away from the hair, leaving it clean. Even the tips within a stacker and place the hair so that the tips extend about the midpoint of the tail. Secure with pinch thread wraps keeping the hair on the top of the shank.
Step Eleven
12. Trim off the hair butts and secure with addtional wraps going through the trimmed butt section.
Step Twelve
13. Wrap a thread head hiding all of the butt ends and Whip Finish. Step Thirteen

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