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Light Cahill Comparadun:
Hook
: Mustad dry fly hook in sizes 12-20
Thread
: yellow dun Uni-Thread 6/0 or 8/0
Wing: medium coastal deer, fanned
a minimum of 90 degrees around top of hook
Tail: Microfibetts, white, gray or light brown
Body: ginger or cream dubbing
  1. Attach thread, and wind a wing base. Finish with thread 1/3 shank length behind hook eye.
  2. Clean and stack hair. Measure hair so tie-in length equals hook shank length.
  3. Bind down hair with eight to ten tight turns of thread. Hair should flare slightly.
  4. Trim wing butts on neat tape. Seal butts firmly with thread.
  5. Bring thread to wing's front. Grasp wing tips firmly and pull backwards. Wrap thread directly in front of wing for upright support.
  6. With each hand's thumb and forefinger, pull wing fibers in semicircle around hook's top half.
  7. Wrap thread back to hook bend. Dub on a small ball of body material.
  8. Tie 4-6 Microfibetts on far side of dubbing ball. Length should equal shank length.
  9. Tie 4-6 Microfibetts on near side of dubbing ball, forming a split tail. Seal down tail butts with thread.
  10. Dub the abdomen, taking care to maintain slim profile. Don't force the wing forward.
  11. Pull wing backward and dub thorax.
  12. Primp wing back upright. Tie head, whip finish and apply cement.



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March Brown Soft Hackle:
Hook
: Daiichi 1270 in sizes 12-18
Thread: tan in 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: brown Hungarian partridge
Body: reddish brown rabbit/Antron dubbing mix
Rib: fine gold wire
Hackle: brown Hungarian partridge tied as a collar
  1. Start thread near bend of hook and wrap forward. End t one eye length from hook eye.
  2. Bind in 6-8" of fine gold wire along shank's near side. Use tight turns of thread and work back toward original thread tie-in point at bend.
  3. Twist rabbit fur dubbing tightly around the thread. Use sparse amounts of dubbing.
  4. Cover two-thirds of shank with tan dubbing, gaining a forward taper.
  5. Grasp gold wire. Wrap clockwise and forward through abdomen in tight turns. Tie off wire and trim excess.
  6. Dub thorax, building slightly more than abdomen.
  7. Prepare the soft hackle for tie-in. Remove unwanted fluff from feather's base. Stroke remaining fibers so they stand at right angles to stem. Trim hackle tip for tie-in to a stub.
  8. Bind hackle tip to just forward of the thorax, such that the shiny side is facing.
  9. Wrap two to three turns of hackle. Wrap away from yourself. Tie off remaining hackle and trim excess.
  10. Wrap thread backward, forcing hackle to lay close to body.
  11. Build a tapered head and whip finish.



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Mercury Blood Midge:
Hook
: TMC 2487 in sizes 18-24
Thread:
red 6/0
Head: Spirit River Hi-Lite silver glass bead, extra small
Body: red 6/0
Rib: fine copper wire
Thorax: peacock herl
  1. Slide glass bead onto hook up to hook eye. Start thread behind bead.
  2. Tie in rib material behind bead. Secure to the top of hook shank down into hook bend. Make tight thread wraps. Wrap thread back to bead.
  3. Wrap rib material up to bead with about 6 wraps. Secure rib behind bead with several thread wraps. Trim excess rib.
  4. Tie in three peacock herls by the tip, with butt ends extending over bead. Leave thread right at body's end.
  5. Trim excess from tips, Twist strands together to form rope. Wrap rope back to thread. Take thread wrap around rope, then spiral thread through herl to bead.
  6. Trim herl excess. Whip finish and apply head cement.



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Muddler Minnow:
Hook
: TMC 5263 in sizes 6-12
Thread: brown 3/0
Tail: mottled turkey quill
Body: medium gold tinsel
Underwing: mottled turkey quill
Overwing: gray squirrel hair
Collar: spun deer hair tips
Head: spun deer hair tips clipped to bullet shape
  1. Begin thread about one-quarter shank length behind hook eye. Wrap back to bend. Note that front quarter of shank is kept bare to provide room for the collar and head.
  2. Attach a quill segment of oak mottled turkey, as long as the gap of the hook. Note the natural tips point downward. Carry the butts of the quill section forward, binding them down with thread.
  3. Trim tail butts close and square, keeping the shank's front quarter bare.
  4. Attach gold tinsel to front of body. Wrap backward; then forward again to form a uniform body.
  5. Clean and stack a sparse bunch of gray squirrel hair. Using the "pinch" technique, attach so the finished length extends to tail middle. Use minimal thread wraps to attach underwing. Cut hair butts short and square.
  6. Match two opposing sections of mottled turkey quills. Attach wet-fly style, directly to underwing's top with natural tips pointing down. The quill wing's finished length should extend to tail's middle.
  7. Trim wing butts square and short. Add a drop of Flexament on the wing butts for support. The hook's front quarter of the hook should still be exposed.
  8. Now advance thread for the first time to shank's front portion. Spin a full deer hair collar around the hook.
  9. Using thumb and forefinger, push collar and head tightly against wing butts.
  10. Add additional spun deer hair to finish the head. Pack each bunch backward, tightly, to form a single mass of spun hair. When head is full, whip finish and trim excess.
  11. Trim head to bullet shape.


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