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|Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:03 pm Post subject: One for new tiers.
|This is a very simple, yet very effective pattern, that provides for practice of basic techniques and proportion and uses minimal materials . . .
Hook: Hayabusa 373 Size 10 - Allround Medium Weight Sproat
Thread: 6/0 Danville's Flymaster Waxed - Black
Rib: Extra fine oval silver
Hackle: Black Hen
Place the hook in the vice - note just the bend in the jaws, not the point - and start the thread about a mm behind the eye . . .
Continue the thread, in touching turns, to opposite the point and tie in the oval tinsel. Continue the thread to a point above the start of the barb.
Again in neat, touching turns, take the thread back to a couple of mm behind the eye, then back down two thirds of the hook shank and back again to give a hint of taper to the body.
Now wind the rib forward with five even turns and tie off with 2 / 3 turns of thread. Trim off the excess.
Now choose a black hen hackle where the barbs are slightly longer than the hook gape and tie in with a couple of turns of thread.
Wind the hackle forward, no more than two turns, tie off, carefully stroke back any wayward barbs and cut away excess hackle.
Whip finish, a drop of varnish and you're done!
Last edited by Lighthouse on Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:04 pm; edited 1 time in total