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Hook : Mustad
8260D, size 4 - can be tied on other sizes.
Thread : Black.
Tail : Red feather.
Body : Opal metallic ribbon floss.
Throat : Blue bucktail over white bucktail.
Wing : 4 strands of pearl crystal flash, grizzled cock hackle.
Head : Whip finished thread head.
1) Tie in a few strands of red feather for the tail, about half
to ¾ the length of the hook shank, wind the thread back
to the head and tie in the ribbon. (The ribbon can be obtained
from sewing/craft shops under the name of 'ribbon floss', the
type used is opalescent and gives a nice shiny/scaly finish).
This can be wound down the body to the tail, then back up again.
2) The throat can be added next, firstly the white bucktail,
then the blue. The bucktail should be finish at approximately
the same length as the tail. The bucktail will probably cover
the point of the hook.
3) Add the wing - 3 or 4 strands of crystal flash on either side,
topped with the grizzled hackle (the thinner hackles from up
near the neck are ideal). These can be slightly longer than the
bucktail and tail - approx twice the length of the hook.
4) Build up a thread head and whip finish.
5) Once finished, the hook shank should sit 'above' the throat
and the wing, and in fact is 'upside down' with the body being
the 'belly' of the baitfish, and the throat being the darker
Nice short strips with a pause in
between, and the odd long fast strip.
Target species includes bream, tailor and pike that I know of
- I guess any predatory species is likely to be attracted.
Typical bream locations, although being a baitfish imitation,
the fly will take a variety of fish. The edges of drop offs are