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Parachute Adams:
Hook
: standard dry fly in sizes 10-26
Thread: black in 6/0 or 8/0
Wing: white calf tail
Tail: mixed grizzly/brown hackle fibers
Body: muskrat fur or gray dubbing
Hackle: mixed grizzly/brown
  1. Wrap thread base from just behind eye to mid-shank; forward to 1/3 point on shank.
  2. Cut, clean, and stack bundle of calf body hair. Measure hair to be 1-1/2 to 2 times longer than hook gape, cut butt end at taper and tie in with wraps moving rearward. Bring thread to back of shank.
  3. Dub small amount of fur on thread and create small ball at body's end.
  4. Mix fibers from grizzly and brown hackles. Use 2 soft loops to attach tail fibers to shank in front of fur bump. Use fingers to splay fibers. Place a few firm wraps forward to secure tail.
  5. Dub fur onto thread. Build a tapered body to wing base.
  6. Lift and post wing.
  7. Prepare two hackles. Tie at slight angle, leaving small amount of bare stem above wraps.
  8. Dub rest of body. Bring dubbing close to eye.
  9. Wrap first hackle (grizzly). Place each wrap underneath previous wrap, bringing feather down to body. Tie off with 4 wraps. Try to capture just the stem on 1st wrap to minimize bulk. Do not cut tip.
  10. Wrap second hackle through first. Work stem through grizzly fibers. Unwrap three of four wraps holding first hackle. Secure second hackle with three wraps.
  11. Clip tips and stray fibers. Whip finish and apply head cement.



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Prince Nymph:
Hook
: nymph hook 1X or 2X long in sizes 8-20
Thread: black in 6/0 or 8/0
Lead: lead diameter should match hook wire
Tail: brown goose or turkey biots
Rib: gold wire or flat gold tinsel
Body: peacock herl
Beard: brown hackle fibers
Wing: white goose or turkey biots
  1. Create thread base. Wrap lead wire. Secure lead with thread.
  2. Tie in tails. Attach brown biots on each hook side. Tail length should equal hook gap.
  3. Tie in gold wire for rib. Tie 3 or 4 peacock herl at tail set position.
  4. Wrap peacock herl forward. Tie off, leaving enough room at head for beard and wing. Counter wrap rib forward and tie off.
  5. Tie in hackle. Make 3 to 4 wraps. Secure with thread. Pull top and side barbules down. Tie off to create beard. Length of hackle fibers should extend to hook point.
  6. For wing, tie in 2 white biots divided. Length should equal body.
  7. Whip finish and apply head cement..



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Royal Wulff:
Hook
: TMC 900BL in sizes 10-18
Thread: black 8/0
Tail: brown elk
Body: red floss in mid half butted by peacock herl
Hackle: Coachman brown
Wing: white calf tail
  1. Start thread just behind eye. Lay thread foundation to mid-shank. Clip bundle of calf tail, evening the tips. Attach bundle to shank top at 3/4 position with wing length slightly longer then shank. Secure bundle to shank midpoint.
  2. Clip butts of calf tail wing on a taper using two cuts.
  3. Divide wing in two equal amounts by using a x-thread wrap. Apply wraps at base of divided wing and force wings erect with additional x-wraps. Finally, apply wraps in front of wings for support.
  4. Attach tail using a bundle of elk hair. Tail length should equal shank length. Trim tail butts so they merge flush with wing post butts. Secure with thread wraps.
  5. Attach 3-4 peacock herls to tail tie-in position. Using thread loop, wrap herl around loop. Twist into a chenille rope. Obtain three wraps of herl which will cover 1/3 the space between tail and wing post. Secure with two thread wraps. Don't trim the herl rope.
  6. Apply thread wraps over herl, creating an equal 1/3 amount of space for floss to lay down.
  7. Attach floss. Four strands work for sizes > 14. Use two strands on smaller hooks.
  8. Wrap floss, covering the second 1/3 portion and secure with 5-6 thread wraps.
  9. Trim floss butt ends. Wrap herl rope to just behind wing post base. Secure with 5 thread wraps.
  10. Trim herl rope butts and secure with thread wraps. Leave space to attach hackles behind wing post.
  11. Attach two brown hackles by their butts from behind wing post. Also extend in front of wing post. Hackle should be back-to-back with dull side forward.
  12. Take nearest hackle. Wrap three times behind the wing post and 3-4 times in front. Secure with thread wraps behind hook eye. Trim remainder.
  13. Take remaining hackle. Wrap three times behind and three times in front of wing post. Secure and trim remainder.
  14. Whip finish and apply head cement.



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RS2:
Hook: TMC 101 in sizes 16-26
Thread: 8/0 in matching body color
Tail: clear microfibetts or moose body fibers
Body: dyed beaver or fine synthetic dubbing to match pattern color
Wing: web of saddle hackle feathers in dark dun color
  1. Wrap thread from near the eye to middle of shank.
  2. Tie microfibett (or moose fiber) on near side of shank and wrap twice to secure tail. Tie a second on far side of shank. Wrap thread around shank and tails to hook bend, making sure tails remain in line with shank.
  3. Wrap thread once between shank and two tails (i.e. under the two tails). Apply pressure to thread by pulling it toward hook eye for a 60 degree tail separation. Maintaining thread tension, wrap twice on top of established thread base next to the tail butt sections.
  4. Dub thread lightly near shank and more heavily away from it. Wrap again under the two tails, adjust tails and wrap toward hook eye. Stop near the eye to tie in wing and create thorax. To achieve segmented body, dubbing should be lightly twisted and wraps tightly made.
  5. Tie in "webbed" feather fibers. Add more dubbing to create thorax. When a pronounced thorax is present, whip finish and apply head cement.


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