CURRENTLY Paul’s favourite point fly coming into its own when damsel nymphs are active. Having wound the rib over the shellback, create a build up of wire at the thorax area. This ballast will give the fly a stunning sink and draw action when retrieved.
Hook: Size 10-12 Kamasan B175
Thread: Tan 8/0
Rib: Fine copper wire
Tail and Body: Olive marabou
Shellback and Thorax Cover: Pearly tinsel
Thorax: Dark grey dubbing/hare’s mask
Legs: Dyed olive partridge
Run the thread on at the eye and catch in a length of fine, copper wire. Secure the wire along the shank then apply a pinch of marabou at the bend.
Secure the marabou tail in place with tight thread-wraps. Next, at the base of the tail catch in the pearl tinsel plus a few more fibres of marabou.
Carry the thread up the shank to cover the waste ends of the marabou and tinsel. Wind the second bunch of marabou fibres to create a slim body.
Secure the ends of the marabou with thread and remove the excess. Next, draw the pearl tinsel over the top of the body and rib with the copper wire.
Fold the excess pearl tinsel back over the body then wind the remaining copper wire in close tunrs to build up a pronounced thorax and add weight.
Secure then remove the excess copper wire before dubbing on a small pinch of dark hare’s fur. Wind it over the turns of wire to form the thorax.
Take a dyed-olive partridge feather a remove the tip to leave a ‘V’ shape. Catch this in just behind the eye so the fibres sit either side of the thorax.
Secure the hackle fibres in place with turns of thread then draw the pearl tinsel over the top of the thorax. Build a neat head and cast off the thread.