Cool fly. What did you use on the beard? it looks like blue peacock.
Red Mallard, Some sort of Pheasant Shoulder feather & Blue Peacock.
What did you use for the wings?
in tying order: Blue bucktail, Black Bucktail, Blue Krystal flash, Icelandic Sheep to strands of royal red floss.
How do you keep the head so nice and get it so clsoe to the end of the tube?
The fly is 4" long so the head is quite large, but I do use 8/0 to 14/0 when tying tubes to keep bulk down. as for keeping close to edge takes pratice until some has it down I suggest using a razor to trim the front.
Do you actually use these?
Yep. . . thanks everyone for your comments. . .