Tie in tails around bend so they are at a 30° angle to the hook shank.
2. Separate out two plys
of sparkle yarn for a size 16. Thin or strip the end of the yarn with your fingernails so
it can be tied in without bulk. Use capture and pull technique to gather just enough
fibers to hold the yarn on the hook.
3. Twisting the yarn
very tight to produce a segmented body, wrap forward about 1/2 the hook shank.
4. Tie in 2 small strips
of thin shiny foam about 1/20" thick by about 1/10" wide.
5. Wrap 2 wraps of sparkle yarn over the foam.
6. Pile 4 CDC feathers
on top of each other and take two thread wraps around the bundle with the stems pointing
forward. Pull through by the butts to right length for emerging wing. Tips will be propped
against sparkle yarn and stand up and back. Butts extend forward.
7. Take two more wraps
of yarn very tight over butts.
8. Tie foam forward and
cut off tips. Check bottom to make sure two pieces are separate creating the effect of a
9. Separate out CDC
barbs from quills at head of fly and cut out quills. Barbs are left at front as legs. They
are divided into two bunches and tied down on either side of the head as legs.
10. Whip-finish head.
(Oliver Edwards Flytyers
Masterclass, page 55)
© Photo: Steve Sato.
Documenting the tying steps: Herb Kettler