Other than the slight crowding of the hook eye by the head, it looks good to me (I'd prefer to see it with 2 fewer turns of ribbing though it looks fine as is). Try to leave about 1/8th of an inch at the end of the body to accommodate the throat and wing tie-in and it will be about perfect.
Some good advice given , however Andrew nailed it , straight shank is best for this style of fly .
I do prefer the body hackle to follow the traditional recipe call out of black heron , it gives more contrast . The light heron you used gets lost in the body colours .
The wing slips give good contrast with the barring , again I do prefer the "red" appearance of the original recipe . If you can find "Del Sol" turkey tail , it is a suitable substitute for Gled or Red Kite Swallow .
Your overall density in hackling is very good along with the thin body taper and proportions of the fly
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