THREE of these on a leader will have you fishing seriously deep. Coat the finished fly with epoxy, or 3-4 layers of Sally Hansen ‘Hard As Nails’ varnish. Lying flat, Danville’s 6/0 Flymaster thread is ideal for creating an even abdomen and thorax area.
Hook: Size 8-12 Partridge Flashpoint Czech Nymph
Thread: To suit abdomen
Rib: Fine gold/silver wire
Thorax: Build up of thread
Cheeks: Holographic tinsel gold/silver
Fix the hook in the vice and run the tying thread on at the eye. Catch in the fine, gold wire with two or three close turns of thread.
Counterwind the thread so that it flattens then wind it down the shank in close turns, at the same time securing the gold wire along the hook.
Stop the thread a short distance round the bend then wind it back up the shank, again in close turns. Add further layers to form a slim, tapered body.
Position the thread a quarter of the way back from the eye, then wind on two turns of gold wire rib to form a tag before winding to the thread.
Secure the loose end of the wire then remove the excess. Catch in a short strip of medium width holographic tinsel either side of the hook.
Using close turns of tying thread applied in layers build up the profile of the thorax. Position the thread a short distance from the eye.
Draw both strips of the holographic tinsel forward and secure them so they lie either side of the thorax to form wing buds.
Remove the excess tinsel with scissors. Build a small head and cast off with a whip finish before applying two coats of clear varnish to the whole fly.