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Place the hook in the vice and put a blob of superglue on top of the shank. Wind on some fine lead or tungsten wire over the glue. Leave plenty of room at the eye.
Catch on your thread and bind down the lead. Turn the hook in the vice and catch in the nylon rib and thinskin at the same time, thinskin uppermost with shiny side down.
Double up a length of brown thread and catch this in.
Catch in a 3" length of nymphskin by the corner. Stretch this backwards and catch in firmly. Use your thread to build up a thin tapered body.Give the thread wraps a thin coat of varnish to secure.
Taking your Golden Pheasant tail, pluck two fibres away from the stem. This should leave you with two little hook-like 'legs'. Catch these in on the underside of the shank around one third of the way along the hook. Repeat the process for the other forelegs. Tricky stuff!
As you can see, I made an **** of the leg spacing but the Grayling won't mind too much! Anyway, wind the nymphskin up towards the eye keeping the material taught. Carefully wind through the legs (a dubbing needle is handy here for moving the legs as you wind). Don't worry too much if the legs get trapped down, the process of winding the rib will enable you to reposition them.
Next, bring the brown thread up over the body, forming a 'spine'. This is followed by the thinskin.
Carefully wind the nylon rib.
Using Pantone pens, colour the fly as desired. Here you can see the effect of the dark brown spine.
Adjust the legs gently with tweezers then give the fly a coating of Sally Hansen HAN. The finished fly....
PATRIOT CZECH NYMPH
Brown Moser Power silk
Fine nylon mono
Golden Pheasant tail fibres
Wapsi Thin Skin mottled bustard
March Brown Glingler
Rolled Muddler Variant
Original McPhail MayFly
Spey Style Salmon Fly
Megan Boyd Shrimp
Czech Style Nymph
Polish Pheasant Tail Nymph
Davie's Black Cricket
Llama Dragonfly Nymph
Olive CDC Dun (DryFly)
Gray Ghost Streamer Fly
Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph