This is another of Bob Popvics patterns. You can tie it in a variety of sizes, but the thing that makes it work is the fact that the tail is tied only on monofiliament. If you have two vises it will make it easier. Otherwise rig up a board to clamp on to your tying table to keep to mono tight.
Stuff you'll need...
Tie it up...
- Hook: Long Shank Size 1/0 - 4/0
- Tail: 20 - 30# mono, Pearl Cactus Chenille, 6 - 8 White Saddle Hackles
- Underbody: Pearl Cactus Chenille
- Eyes: I use the 3-D Dolls Eyes. You can also use Stick-Ons
- Mantle:White Sheep Fleece or FisHair
- Take the mono and stretch it tightly between the two vises. Build up a base of thread about an inch long on the mono. This will serve the same purpose as rapping the thread along the shank in a more conventional fly.
- Tie in some Cactus Chenille and make a ball near the end of the thread base you made. This will spread the Saddles out and give you a much better action than if you just tied the Saddles in normally.
- Take the Saddles for the tail and dot them with a Black Magic Marker, then tie them in around the thread base. Use the Cactus Chenille as a ramp to lift the Saddles . Leave some of the fluff on to add bulk and action. I usually tie up several tail sections at a time and cut them off as needed. remember to leave about 2" of mono in front of the tail to attach to the hook. You can trim the mono behind the tail very closely.
- Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
- Tie in the completed tail section and wrap in down tightly.
- Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down.
- Tie in some more Cactus Chenille and spin it up to the hook eye.
- Glue the eyes in place where the tail meets the body.
- Cut a fairly sparse amount of Fleece and tie it in just behind the hook eye and spread it around the shank so it forms a thin mantle around the body. The tips should just met the tail section.
- Whip Finish and apply your favorite head cement.
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