Tying Instructions: Beadhead Twenty Incher Nymph

1.Put the bead on first. Fill the void of the bead with leadfree wire.
Step One
2. Secure the leadfree wire with thread wraps and wrap a thread base to the bend of the hook above the barb which will be your tail tie-in position.
Step Two
3. Attach two goose biots for tails. The length should be about 1/2 the shank length.
Step Three
4. Attach the Gold Wire ribbing to the bottom of the shank and wrap to the tail tie-in position. Dub an underbody, tapered from the tail tie-in position to the 3/4 position behind the eye.
Step Four
5. Wrap the thread over the underbody back to the tail tie-in position. Attach about 5-8 strands of large Peacock Herl by the tips to the rear portion of the shank. Step Five
6. Chennille the herl around the thread and wrap the herl forward creating a tapered body up to the 3/4 position of the shank.
Step Six
7. Counter-wrap the ribbing forward with 5-6 wraps to help secure the herl. Secure the ribbing with thread wraps behind the bead. Attach a section of turkey tail that has been sprayed with a fixative to keep the fibers together, just behind the bead on the top of the shank with the dull side up. The width of the section should be slightly smaller than the hook gap. Wrap the Turkey Section back to the mid-point of the shank.
Step Seven
8. Select a partridge feather that has barbs equal to about half the shank length. Brush back the fibers of the feather so that the tip of the feather is exposed. Attach the partridge feather by the tip at the mid-point of the shank above the turkey tie-in position with the dull side of the feather up. Wrap over the remaining tip and clip any excess. Step Eight
9. Dub a tight thorax from the midpoint of the shank up to the bead. Thorax should be 50% thicker than the abdomen.
Step Nine
10. Pull the partridge feather over the top of the hare's mask thorax and tie it down at the back of the bead.
Step Ten
11. Bring the Turkey feather over the partridge feather. The partridge fibers will extend from below the turkey wingcase as legs. Trim the tag ends and secure with some thread wraps.
Step Eleven
12. Dub a small amount of Hare's Ear as a collar just behind the bead to cover the thread wraps and tag ends. Whip Finish.
Step Twelve

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