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Brassie:
Hook:
Mustad 9671 in sizes 18-24
Thread: black Danville prewaxed 6/0
Underbody: tying thread
Abdomen: Wapsi copper ultra wire
Thorax: peacock herl
  1. Secure thread to hook just behind eye. Hold wire strand against shank. Wrap over it and back to bend of hook. Keep wraps tight without overlapping.
  2. At bend, bring thread forward to about 3X width of the hook eye.
  3. Wind wire forward, touching wraps to thread. Tie off and clip excess.
  4. Tie- in several peacock herls by the tip, butt ends extending over the hook eye. Leave thread at end of abdominal wire.
  5. Trim excess from tips. Twist strands together to form rope. Wrap rope to thread. Make a tight turn of thread around rope. Spiral thread through herl to the hook eye
  6. Trim excess herls. Whip finish and cement knot.



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Copper John:
Hook:
TMC 5262 in sizes 10-22
Thread: black 6/0 Danville or Ultra Thread
Tail: brown goose biots
Abdomen: Wapsi copper ultra wire
Thorax: peacock herl
Wing Case: Thin Skin, pearl Flashabou, and epoxy
Legs: partridge or hen back or saddle
Bead: brass
  1. Lace bead on hook. Attach tying thread and tie-in biot tails.
  2. Attach copper wire at top of hook shank. (For #12, use medium wire; for #14-16, use brassie; for #18, use small). Form neat taper with thread. Wrap thread back where wire is tied in at hook bend. Make one turn around wire with thread
  3. Wrap wire forward with hands and bobbin hanging on wire, using thread tension and bobbin to keep wraps even. After forming the body, make one turn with wire and trim excess.
  4. Tie one strand of Flashabou. Tie strip of Thin Skin, with dull side up. The dull side bonds better with epoxy.
  5. Tie 2 strands of peacock herl for thorax. Make several turns of herl behind bead before tying off. Tie legs one clump at a time so legs extend back and tips are even with hook point. Pull Thin Skin over thorax and tie down. Pull Flashabou over Thin Skin, trim excess material and whip finish.
  6. Apply drop of 15-minute epoxy to Thin Skin and let cure.



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Elk Hair Caddis:
Hook
: TMC 100 in sizes 12-20
Thread: olive/ green/ brown 6/0 or 8/0 depending on body color
Hackle : ginger/ brown (palmered)
Body: brown/gray/black dubbing
Wing: deer or elk hair
  1. Wrap an even base of thread starting near front of hook and extend to tail. Point should be level with hook barb.
  2. Take a piece of copper wire and secure to hook at rear of fly. Tie wire to protrude from rear of fly. Trim excess wire and cover with 3 turns of thread.
  3. Form a dubbed rope.
  4. Wind dubbed rope forward toward thread. Make each successive turn in front of the previous one to create a slightly tapered body.
  5. Select a small ginger cock hackle to form palmered hackle body. Tie hackle in, angled slightly back with shiny side facing forward. Trim excess hackle and add 2 turns of thread to strengthen.
  6. Wind hackle back toward wire at rear of fly. Use 4-5 even turns. Then, use wire to make 3 tight wraps around hackle to secure in place. Remove excess feather and begin ribbing.
  7. Use 4-5 turns of wire and wind forward to front of fly. Be careful to not crush hackle fibers already in place. Take tie off upon reaching thread and cut excess wire. Remove top half of hackle with one clean cut.
  8. Take a clump of deer or elk hair. Measure hair against hook shank so resulting wing is equal in length. Grip hair between thumb and forefingers. Take 2 turns around the hair; not the shank. Clasping hair tightly, take several turns around the already completed two, this time wrapping around the hair and hook shank. Do not spin.
  9. Hold hair tightly. Cut excess hair at 45 degree angle to rear and top of fly to keep head shape in line with wing. Make 2 turns of thread in same plane to secure. Add two half hitches to finish.



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Flashback Pheasant Tail (bead head):
Hook
: TMC 200R - 3X long in sizes 10-22
Head (optional): copper bead
Thread: brown, or color to match dyed pheasant tail in 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: 4 to 8 pheasant tail fibers
Rib: fine copper wire
Body: 3 to 5 pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: 2 peacock herl fibers
Wingcase: pearl Uni-Mylar 1/16"
Hackle: natural or olive partridge
  1. Slide bead onto hook (optional).
  2. Attach thread to hook, positioning thread above hook barb. Separate and align section tips of pheasant tail fibers. Cut or tear fibers away from stem.
  3. Use a pinch wrap. Secure tail that's equal length to hook gap directly above the barb. Hold pheasant in place with 2-3 thread wraps.
  4. Lift pheasant tail fibers out of way. Secure wire for rib immediately behind this tie-in point. Wrap thread forward over wire in touching turns to 60-percent mark.
  5. Wrap pheasant tail fibers forward in closed wraps to 60-percent mark. Secure and trim excess material.
  6. Wrap copper wire forward in opposite direction of pheasant tail. Tie off wire at 60-percent mark.
  7. Tie in a short section of Mylar tinsel over thorax area and then tie in another segment of pheasant tail over thorax area. Last, tie in 2-3 strands (for #14-16 hooks) of peacock herl. Position thread 1X length behind hook eye.
  8. Wrap peacock herl forward in close, touching turns to just behind hook eye. Tie off. Pull pheasant tail fibers forward over thorax. Secure with two thread wraps.
  9. Pull Mylar tinsel forward over hook eye and secure with several thread wraps. Clip excess material closely. Split remaining pheasant tail fibers in half. Stroke group closest to you toward hook's rear.
  10. Make one wrap of thread to hold fibers in rearward position. Position fibers on other side of hook shank (same way) with one wrap of thread.
  11. Trim pheasant fibers to equal length of thorax to mimic legs. Whip finish.


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