Tied by Alan Fish, firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Cut the wings out of metallic twist from the crafts store. I used
MPR (HighPoint,NC) brand Metallic Twist, KTC-310 Iridescent.
Fold in half and cut similar to when you made hearts in the first
grade. EXCEPT. Start at bottom. Just above the point, cut into the
fold. This way two wings are made that are joined at the base.
(2) Debarb a 94840 size 4 (can use streamer hooks in smaller sizes, but
this crowds the hook gape). Tie in at front and wrap hook with thread
to and into the curve of the hook. Tie in black chenille or yarn. Wrap
forward 1/16S and tie in black chenille or yarn. Take thread to ~ mid-
hook. Wrap black yarn/chenille forward to thread and then back to the
yellow yarn. Then BRAID* or WEAVE* the two together - Yellow on top,
black on bottom, for about 4 stripes of yellow (more with chenille).
Tie and cut off the yellow yarn. (A drop of Zap-a-gap at the tie-off
point helps keep yarn from slipping out and causing cusswords.)
(3) Wrap the thread forward to 2/3 of the way to the eye and tie in
another piece of yellow yarn. Wind the forward thread to the eye. Wrap
the black yarn forward, past the yellow yarn, to the eye, and back to
the yellow. BRAID* (WEAVE)* the yellow on top/.black on bottom to
about 1/8S behind the eye, tie off yellow, take black to eye, tie off
and whip finish.
(4) Tie thread back on at the middle. Tie V-rib on each side for legs.
Lay the wings onto the mid-section upside down and facing forward. Tie
the butt of the wings down tightly., taking the thread to the front of
mid-section. Fold the wings back to the rear and lock down with thread
Whip finish and cut the thread. Put head cement on both mid-section and
a. Loop the black around the yellow at the sides, taking the yellow
over the top and the black under the bottom of the hook.
b.. Keep your tensions even to keep loops on the side of fly (easier
said than done).
c. First loop: black in back of yellow; succeeding loops: black in
front of yellow.
d. Chenille is easier to use than yarn - it doesn't stretch
* Full instructions on Weaving can be found in advanced tying books,
articles in past issues of fly fishing magazines, etc. Unfortunately,
these instructions can only be found when you are NOT looking for them.
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