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General Practitioner (Black)

Hook: 4 - 1/0 salmon
Thread: 6/0 Black
Tail: Black squirrel tail
Body: Black mohair or wool
Eyes: Golden pheasant tippet feather
Rib: Medium, oval, silver tinsel
Hackle: Black cock neck feather
Wing: Black spade hackles
Note: Black plastic eyes can be substituted for golden pheasant tippet feather

Tying Instructions:

  • Tie in squirrel tail at bend of hook for tail, tail should be long.
  • Tie in silver oval tinsel for ribbing.
  • Tie in black mohair.
  • Fold black cock neck around its stem so that one side has no hackle tips and tie it in at bend of hook.
  • Wrap mohair 1/2 way up the hook shank and then secure with thread, but do not trim butt.
  • Tie in golden pheasant tippet feather, out back extending from middle of body to just past the body.
  • Continue wrapping mohair forward to just before eye, secure with thread and trim.
  • Then wrap ribbing over mohair, pull pheasant tips up so you are sure not to wrap the ribbing over the feather. Secure with thread and eye of hook and trim.
  • Next wrap the cock feather forward, make sure not to wrap over the pheasant tippet. Pull hackle fibers back as you warp forward. Secure with thread at eye of hook and trim.
  • Tie in two black spade hackles on top of body extending back to about half way down the tail.
  • Form a small head with tying thread, whip finish, and head cement.

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