Part One Hundred fourty-three
By Tom Keith, Lincoln, Nebraska
1. Place hook in vise and secure tying thread to hook shank.
Tie in a small bunch of mallard blank or breast feather
fibers at bend of hook for tail.
2. Wrap front third of hook shank with lead wire,
(or substitute if illegal in your region) wrap tying
thread through wire and cement.
3. Tie in a 6-inch length of silk floss (any color) just ahead of the lead wire.
4. Wrap floss backward to point where tail was tied
on. Wrap the floss forward again, forming a smooth
body. Tie in a 6-inch length of flat silver tinsel
behind hook eye.
5. Wrap tinsel backward completely covering floss body, then wrap forward again. Tie off behind hook eye and trim excess tinsel.
6. Tie in a small bunch of white marabou feather fibers about 1/4 inch behind hook eye.
7. Repeat with each successive color of marabou and then trim tips so none of the fibers extend over hook eye.
8. Select a mallard flank or breast feather that is about half-again as long as the hook shank, and has a fairly straight stem. There should be an equal amount of feather fibers (barbules) on each side of the stem. Tie feather in along top of hook shank with concave side down along the shank, so the feather bends downward beyond the hook bend.
9. Form head, whip finish, trim and cement.
Credits: From Fly Tying and Fishing for Panfish & Bass published by Frank Amato Publications. We greatly appreciate use permission.
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