As usual, Tim shares some pretty helpful fly tying tips in this video, starting with mashing the wire used for weight so that it fits into the slotted bead. This keeps it in place and prevents the wire from spinning on the hook. Simply but brilliant!
Next, allow the wire rib to slide behind the far side of the hook shank when tying it in. This helps when you go to rib the fly as the wire will be pointing in the right direction and easier to wrap around the hook.
This next tip is real important. As you start to wrap the pheasant tail fibers used for the body, keep your tying thread in front of the fibers. Pressure from the thread will help to keep the fibers together and help to create a nice evenly tapered body.
Finish off the fly with some head cement or Sally Hansen's Hard As Nail applied to the thread wraps. This is important since this fly will be bouncing along the stream bottom and the exposed thread wraps can take a beating.
Hook: Orvis Tactical Jig Hook, sizes 12-16
Bead: Black slotted tungsten bead, 1/8-inch
Weight: .015 lead-free round wire
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 70-denier, Wood Duck, yellow, or light brown
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, size BR
Tails: Barred Pumpkin Sili Legs
Adhesive: Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails
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