Words and photos courtesy of Rex Fey
Step 1: Use a #14-16 hook as this is intended to be a juicy meal of a fly, and it’s very difficult to tie this fly on smaller than #16. Bed the hook and tie in a 3 long tail fibers. I have used mongoose hairs for their stiffness and they have a great natural colour that suits the fly.
Step 2: Spin the deerhair body. I use the red or orange deerhair for near the tailand thereafter I use natural brown colour. This makes a great hotspot once the body is clipped.
Step 3. When clipping the body I like to do several aggressive cuts to get the general shape right, and then neaten it up from there.
Step 4: Neaten up the body so from the side on veiw it looks flattish, and from above it looks fat. The reason for this is to give the fly the appearance of being meaty fat from below, but in reality the fly isn’t too bulky that it negatively affects its presentation.
Step 5: First tie in a bunch of squirrel tail fibers, leaving a small amount of space at the front. This reason for this will become clear as you proceed. Then tie in a yarn post of the colour of your choice. I like the orange post as it assists with the visibility of the fly. Leave a small amount of space in front of the hook when you tie in the squirrel tail fibers.
Step 6: Chose a nice long hackle with short fibers and a flexible stem. Tie in the hackle with shiny side facing outwards so the when you wind the hackle from the top downwards, you don’t trap any fibers. Make sure the bobbin is hanging in front of the fly (facing you). The thread will be in the right position to tie round the base of the post and to tie in the hackle without trapping too many fibers and ruining your hackle.
Step 7: The reason for the thread hanging in front of the fly should now be apparent. Tie off the hackle by wrapping the thread 2 or 3 times round the base of the post in the same direction as the hackle was wound.
Step 8: Lightly dub the thread and tie around the base of the post and make a small buggy head.
Step 9: The view from under the fly. Once you have neatly dubbed the head you bring the thread to the front of the fly.
Step 10: Split the Squirrel fibers evenly and pull them backwards on either side of the fly. Tie them backwards and finish off the head of the fly. The fun part is now to maneuver the fibers around the fly in a halo. Hold onto the post and pull it from side to side as you pull the fibers round and into place. The hackle fibers hold the squirrel fibers in place very well once they are in place they stay there pretty much permanently. Once done with the fibers, snip off the post nice and short.