Mount hook in vise, sharpen, and then smash
Remount the hook in the vise with the eye-bend
Tie on eyes approximately 1/8 inch behind the
eye-bend of the hook
Wrap the thread to the rear of the hook.
Wrap the thread five turns forward.
Clip clean and stack a clump of white buck
tail. Separate the clump in half.
Tie in the first half, tips pointing to the
rear about 1/2 inch past the bend of the hook. Let
the buck tail cover the sides of the hook shank.
Tie in all 20 pieces of flash pointing
forward, pull them to the rear of the hook and tie
them down again. The tips should extend about 1˝
inches past the buck tail.
Tie in one end of the tail minder on the side
of the shank, form a loop, and tie in the other end
on the opposite side of the shank.
Now tie in the second half of the buck tail
on top of the tail minder.
Use your bodkin to pull the tail through the
loop. Leave some buck tail on the under side of the
Tie in a piece of crystal chenille and wrap
the thread to the eyes, and then the chenille. Tie
it off and clip the tag.
Clean and stack another bunch of buck tail
and tie it in over the eyes with a couple of figure
eight wraps. (The points should be just as long as
the shank of the hook.) Pull the butt ends over the
eyes and tie them down and clip the tags on a taper
and form a base layer for the nose and Glue.
Remove the hook from the vise and turn it
over, eye-bend up.
Clip, clean, and stack a small bunch of buck
tail. Use curly or semi-hollow hair. It should
extend to the hook bend and be enough volume to fill
the gap of the hook.
Tie it down in front of the eyes and
taper-cut the tag ends. Tie them down and glue.
Select 5-7 strands of crystal flash. Tie them
in with the loop method. When securing them, pull
one end to each side of the fly and position it at
10 or 2 o’clock.
Slide-cut the crystal flash on each side so
it ends just beyond the bend of the hook.
Select your first bunch of chartreuse buck
tail. Clean, stack lightly. And tie it in so the
points stick just past the bend of the hook.
Taper-cut the tag ends, tie them down, and glue.
Select your second bunch of chartreuse buck
tail. (Always use two stacks; it will hold together
better and taper the fly much smoother.) Clean and
stack lightly. Tie it in on top of the first bunch.
The tips should be slightly longer than the first.
Taper cut the tag ends, tie them down, and glue.
Topping: Tie in the Electra-Flash with the
loop method, slide-cut, tie down, and glue.
Form the “nose” of the fly. Glue and then for
a more lasting finish apply two coats of Loon
Hard-Head clear fly finish.