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- Hook: SL12S (or equivalent) size 1/0 < /a>
- Thread: Flat A waxed nylon red < /a>
- Tail: Two to three pairs of white saddle hackle
- Tail spreader: White bucktail
- Flash: UV Pearl Flashabou
- Collar: Two or three red saddle hackle
1. Place the hook in the vise and sharpen as necessary.
2. Wrap the hook shank from ¼” behind the hook eye. Wrap to the bend of the hook and then back to the place directly over the hook point. Cut a small bunch of white bucktail, square the butts, coat the hook shank with Dave’s Flexament Cement and tie in the bucktail. Wrap back to just before the bend of the hook and over-wrap to the hook point.
3. Select the hackle as shown. Make two matching sets of two or three feathers. Remove the fluff; match the sets with the curved side out over the bucktail. Tie the tail in loosely at the beginning and wrap forward toward the eye making the wraps tighter and tighter. Wrap back toward the loose wraps. Cement in the wraps.
4. Wrap back to the point of the hook. Double the Flashabou around the thread and pull to the top of the shank, wrap in the flash toward the hook bend. Over-wrap to the point of the hook.
5. Select two or three red saddle hackles. Strip the fluff off just as with the tail feathers. Cut the tips to about ¼”. Tie the tips in with the smooth side out and the tips trailing toward the back of the fly. Wrap the feathers tightly. Apply a generous amount of cement.
6. Wrap one feather in at a time around the shank one wrap in front of the other to about ¼” behind the hook eye. This wrapping is called palmering. Tie the tip off with a couple of firm wraps of thread. Wrap the second feather around, carefully working the second in between the second, tie off and then repeat if you use three feathers. Tie all of the feather tips and trim them close to the wraps.
7. Whip finish a neat head and coat with head cement such as Hard as Hull.