Use k3A hook which has a v shaped notch at the front of the hook. One side of the V slopes
to the front of the hook, the other side slopes to the back of the hook.
2. Tie on 3 badger
fibers for tail angling slightly down. Pass the thread between the middle and far tails
and then between the near and middle tails. Angle down about 5% from the line of the hook
3. Tie in rib of clear
4. Dub slight spindle
with taper. Bring dubbing to first knuckle in hook.
5. Overlock dubbed
abdomen with nylon mono in opposite direction. Tie off and crop off dubbing and mono.
6. Tie in hackle by the
butt up the back sloping side of the v. Tie in up to the top of the V. Hide thread
(abdomen) with dubbing. Hackle should be about a gap and 1/3.
7. Turn hook over in
vise (tails between jaws.)
8. Take clump of deer
hair, remove underfur, stack, remove short and long fibers. Wing length of body.
9. Tie clump in on front
slope of v, sloping up (with hook upside down) and to the back. Tie in to notch of the v.
Consolidate deer hair with loose wraps if there is too much flair. Trim off butts.
10. Dub over stem of
hackle. Dub over stem of hackle. Drop thread forward of wing.
11. Wrap hackle around
abdomen in back of wing with one turn in front of wing and tie off hackle.
12. Dub front section
while holding hackle back.
13. Tie off,
14. Cut a V in bottom of
hackle at front so the fly will sit up nicely.
(Oliver Edwards, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, May 1999, page 24)
© Photo: Steve Sato.
Documenting the tying steps: Herb Kettler