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herl

 (hûrl)
n.
The barb of a feather used in trimming an artificial fly for angling.

[Middle English herle, a strand or twist of hair.]

herl

(hɜːl) or

harl

n
1. (Angling) the barb or barbs of a feather, used to dress fishing flies
2. (Angling) an artificial fly dressed with such barbs
[C15: from Middle Low German herle, of obscure origin]
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QUILL-BODY FLIES EFFECTIVELY IMITATE segmented insect abdomens, but they are a bear to tie with traditional quill-body materials like biots and stripped hackles or herls. Many of those materials break easily; hackle stems have to be soaked prior to use; and biots are too short and hard to handle.
All the fly bodies were invariably made of wool, much of which was dyed wool and also herl from ostrich or peacock.