~Using a TMC 531 hook, #18-#22, dub a carrot shaped
abdomen using gray or green. The TMC 531 is a
great hook with a shorter shank but proportionally
larger gape that hook sets well with the slashing
rises that these flies most often induce.
Note: the TMC 531 is a difficult hook to find
here in the USA so call around to your local
fly shops to locate a box or two.
~Use Coq de Leon feathers for the underwing material.
These are very stiff fibers that help with flotation.
I get my feathers from the Leon District of Spain
in light pardo, medium pardo, and dark pardo.
~Using biots from left and right wings of a turkey feather
place both biots together between your index finger and
thumb so the convex sides face out and away from each other.
Using fine tipped scissors snip a delta wing profile. Make
sure the spline of the biot is oriented on the top portion of the
wing the thinner translucent edge is on the bottom.
Tye these in like you are tying in a turkey
flat parachute post. Lean the pair of biots in towards you
and as you wrap twist it away from you with a few secure
wraps. I put a drop of head cement on these at this point
because they tend to be a bit slippery.
Tie in a hackle collar using a light,
medium, or a dark dun feather. You can snip away
the bottom portion of the collar flush with the
abdomen or leave it as is.
(photos: Clint Bova)