THIS is the ideal fly to fish in tandem with a sacrificial fly or can be used when corixa are sometimes seen drifting across the surface. Although brown/tan ethafoam has been used, I don’t think colour is that important for a floating fly, as white or black fowm versions work equally well.
Hook: Size 14-16 Partridge Flashpoint TDH
Thread: Tan 8/0
Body: Cream/pale yellow dubbing or pearl Lureflash Flash Bright
Legs: Fine rubber
Shellback and head: Brown/tan ethafoam
Fix the hook in the vice and run on the thread just behind the eye. Cut a thin strip of brown foam and catch it in a short distance from the eye.
To retain buoyancy secure the foam to the shank using open turns of thread. Once the thread has reached the bend apply a pinch of pearl Glister.
Dub the Glister on to the tying thread to form a thick tapered rope. Begin winding the Glister rope in close turns to cover the foam underbody.
Once the body has been applied take a short length of fine, brown rubber-legs and catch it in, with figure eight thread-wraps, to form two legs.
Stretching the foam strip only very slightly, draw it over the top of the body and secure it in place with three or four tight turns of thread.
Cast off the thread with a whip finish then trim the rubber strands to length. Finally, trim the waste end of foam to leave a small head.