The tail is not from a crest. I actually sorted through bout 50 tails to get the one I used . Yes there is a slab of woodie under the roof. Hooks for this one is an extra long shanked dee iron from Partridge. I reworked it to 2/0.I really like this pattern and you did a good job with it. One other thing I'd look at next time (and my most recent struggle) is the tail, it looks thin which makes me think you used the tip of a long crest? Try to find one that you can use the whole feather. Is there wood duck under the roof or is that some type of illusion? Also, what's that hook?
No - no. That isn't what I was getting at. I think the Dee iron you used sports a very nice classic pattern once you adjusted the shank. Im assuming that is what you mean by reworking the hook to a 2/0...Vic, I'm interested about your hook and gape statements. This iron is actually a long dee iron, by Partridge I believe. I cut it tapered it and used it simply because it was available, and I thought looked decent. Is the gape/ bend of this hook no good ? Thank you for your input. If it wasn't for you guys I'd never be heading down this road in the first place. This is only about my 6th married wing fly I've ever tied, so I feel I'm doing OK.