The perfect choice for a middle dropper of a team of three, this pattern is suited to being trickled back in either a light breeze, or worked more quickly through a rolling wave.
Hook Size 12-14 Mustad R50
Tail Golden pheasant tippets
Body Claret Pearsall’s gossamer silk
Rib Fine gold wire
Hackle two turns red grouse covert
1. Attach thread at eye and run down to bend, in touching turns. Catch in a few strands of golden pheasant tippet, to form the tail.
2. At the same point catch in a length of fine, gold wire. This will form the rib. Secure waste end of wire, along shank to form base for body.
3. Wind the tying thread back up the shank, in touching turns. The aim is to create an even body with the thread, with no gaps.
4. With body in place, remove waste ends of golden pheasant tippets. Next, wind wire over the thread body in open, evenly spaced turns.
5. Secure loose end of wire and remove waste end. Select grouse covert feather, stroke the fibres back and catch it in by its tip.
6. Take hold of the grouse feather, by its base, using a pair of hackle pliers. Wind on two turns of the feather, working towards the eye.
7. When the two hackle turns have been applied, secure the loose end of the feather with a couple of thread turns.
8. Remove excess feather, then stroke fibres back positioning them with further thread turns. Cast off thread with a whip finish.