European Fly Fishing Association

Black Magic Variant

Alexander Busch

Tying instructions


Lay a basic wrap with the black tying thread and back towards the hook eye to create a rib.


Depending on the hook size, tie in 1-2 fibres of peacock herl. Let a small gap towards the hook eye.


Depending on the size of the hook, wrap the peacock herl around the hook 2-3 times and tie it off with the tying thread. Cut off the excess.


Select a suitable hen feather and pluck off all fibers on one side. Cut off the very thin front part of the feather tip.


Pluck off a few of the front fibers so that 2-3 mm of the quill is fully exposed and then tie it in between the hook eye and the thorax.


With 1-2 turns of the hen feather form a sparse hackle wreath and tie it off. Then form a small head with the tying thread and finish with a head knot.


Tying thread: Tying thread black
Hook: Spider #10-18
Abdomen: Tying thread black
Rib: Tying thread black
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: Hen grizzly


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