Mount the hook in the vise, and tie in the hackle fibres.
STEP 2. Trim the excess
hackle ends off.
STEP 3. Tie in the
STEP 4. Spin a thin
noodle of dubbing onto the thread. Spin with your fingers in one
direction only. Be
careful, don't put too
much on, and make sure it's not clumpy.
STEP 5. Wind the
dubbing forward over the hook shank, to just past halfway. You need to
leave enough room
for the thorax,
wingcase and to tie the fly off.
STEP 6. Now wind the
copper wire forward, evenly over the body, creating a nice segmentation
and making the fly durable.
STEP 7. Tie
the copper wire off.
STEP 8. Tie in the
section of tinsel, flash or holographic tinsel. Here we have used a
cut to the size we
wanted. It creates great flash, and different colour spectrums.
STEP 9. Spin another
thin noodle of dubbing onto the thread.
STEP 10. Wrap the
dubbing forwards, creating a thorax that's a fat football shape.
Don't be scared to wind
it back and forth as needed, just end up with the bare thread just
behind the hook eye.
Leave enough space to
tie in the wingcase, and to tie the thread off.
STEP 11. Pull the
wingcase over the top of the thorax, and take a few turns of thread to
Lift the wingcase up,
pull it tight (but don't break it off), and cut it as close to the
thread as possible.
Now build up a small
head, whip finish and apply a small drop of head cement, or
"hard-as-nails" nail polish to the thread head.
Here is a top view of
the completed fly.
fly is an excellent prospecting pattern, or used when there are an
abundance of mayflies around.
We fish it
New Zealand style in rivers, or upstream nymphing style, on
a dead drift with a strike indicator. It could also be
"dry-and-dropper" style. An excellent pattern for trout and yellowfish
in rivers and stillwaters.
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