from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The barb of a feather used in trimming an artificial fly for angling.
  • n. A fishing fly made with this type of barb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strand of hair
  • n. The fibrous shaft or barb of a feather (especially that of the ostrich or peacock) used to make artificial flies for angling
  • n. An artificial fly made with this barb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as harl, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as harl, 3.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English herle, a strand or twist of hair.


  • Peacock herl is no stranger to nymphs, and has been a staple on many of the more famous imitations available.

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  • Was using a woolly worm I tied myself. 10-2x hook wrapped with lead wire, a peacock herl body, and grizzly hackle.

    The Big 'Un...

  • If you take off all of the fuzz on peacock herl, you are left with a durable stem that is light brown and flat.

    Fly of the Month...

  • Brassie - it's only a hook, copper wire and peacock herl.

    Tie or Buy?

  • The best ones have simple thread bodies with a pinch of fur or peacock herl at the head.

    The Mighty Midge

  • CJs combine peacock herl, copper wire, brown goose biots, Flashabou, and a bright copper bead into a compact, trout-catching package that gets to the bottom faster than the Spanish Armada.

    Trout Fishing MVP's--Nymphs and Wets

  • How beautiful they were on herl I wondered if she even realized that she, thus, was now not only serving but was also now a pleasant portion of our entertainment.

    Guardsman Of Gor

  • How it transforms herl The Goreans say that no woman is a true woman until she has submitted as a slave, and that no man has experienced his full sexuality until he has thrown her to the foot of his couch.

    Fighting Slave Of Gor

  • The tumult for herl Constant touch with the active, the gay!

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • Body greenish herl of Peacock, -- ribbed with gold tinsel, -- wrapt with red silk, -- red hackle over all.

    The Teesdale Angler


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