Tying Instructions: Harrop's Captive Dun, BWO
1. Mash down the barb and attach the hook to the vise. Secure the thread behind the eye and wrap a foundation to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Clip 4 strands of Mallard Flank and secure them at the tail tie-in position at the bend of the hook. The tail length should not exceed the shank length.
Step Two
3. Wrap the butt end of the Mallard Flank up past the midpoint of the shank. Clip off any excess. Bring the thread back to the tail tie-in position. Clip a section of z-lon. If you are using z-lon strands, you might wish to divide the material in half. Attach the material to the tail tie-in position. The ends of the z-lon should be less in length than the Mallard Flank strands. Secure this material along the shank up to the midpoint of the shank.
Step Three
4. Wrap the thread back to the tail tie-in position and select a Turkey Biot. Biots are the leading edge of the feather. It is generally sold as matching pairs. You need to select the biot that has the ridge on the left hand side when you bring the biot with the 'V' facing away from you. This will ensure that the ridge can be spaced uniformly. Place the tip at the tail tie-in position and secure with some thread wraps.
Step Four
5. Wrap the biot forward with evenly spaced ridges. If you can't do this, the ridge is probably on the right hand side of the biot and it'll get spaced greater as you wrap. You'll need to select the biot from the other matching feather. Wrap the biot up to the 3/4 position and secure with thread wraps.
Step Five
6. Apply the Superfine dubbing and create a thorax that is significantly larger than the abdomen. Make sure to leave some space behind the eye.
Step Six
7. Select 2 CDC feathers and match the tips. Place the base of the CDC feathers just in front of the thorax and secure with thread wraps.
Step Seven
8. Wet the CDC with moistened fingers and bring the fibers over themselves so that they extend beyond the eye of the hook. The bend of the material should just exceed the thorax. You can fine tune this by placing a bodkin within the loop and pull out the loop until it meets the desired length. Secure the material just behind the eye and add a couple of thread wraps under the tag end of the CDC to lock it in. Trim off the tag. It's OK to have some CDC tag material extend beyond the wraps.
Step Eight

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