For best results, fish the fly on a long leader and a floating line. Fish it by using jerky pulls; this will allow it move up and down in the water column, similar to how the natural would behave as it leaves the bottom to come up for air.
Target weedy areas and you won’t go far wrong.

Hook: Kamasan B160 size 10
Thread: Black
Underbody: Lead wire
Body: White and pearl Blaze
Rib: Stripped peackock herl
Back: Hen pheasant
Legs: Silli Legs, ‘pumpkin colour’

How To Tie The Fly

1. Clamp the hook in the vice and form a layer of lead wire for weight.
2. Lay over plenty of tying thread, creating a taper at the rear and front of the wire.
3. Now tie in some hen pheasant by the tips; this will form the back of the fly.
4. Catch in the stripped herl with the tying thread.
5. Now form an even dubbing rope and wind up to the start of the thorax area.
6. Bring the stripped herl up the body of the pattern – four turns is enough – and secure and trim.
7. Tie in the Silli Legs with figure-of-eight thread wraps so that they stick out at 45 degrees to the hook shank.
8. Bring over the hen pheasant fibres, secure with a couple of wraps of thread and trim the waste ends.
9. Tidy up the head area with the tying thread and whip finish. Now add some Loon Hard Head to the back of the fly with your dubbing needle.

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