Tying Instructions: Little Brook Trout

1. Attach 15-20 turns of lead wire wraps to the shank. Anchor the wire with thread wraps.
Step One
2. Tie in a small clump of Green Bucktail for a tail at the bend of the hook. Even the tips in a stacker. Tail should be about 1/2 the shank length.
Step Two
3. Attach some Red Floss above the green Bucktail. The floss length should be about that of the hook gap.
Step Three
4. Attach a silver mylar ribbing at the tail tie-in position. Also secure the Superfine Dubbing for the body.
Step Four
5. Wrap the dubbing around the thread tight enough to make a smooth body. If you wrap the dubbing around the thread too tightly, it will give a segmented appearance. Now, wrap the dubbed thread forward to about an eyelength behind the eye and secure. Step Five
6. Bring the ribbing forward with evenly spaced wraps. I like 5 wraps since it is the classic Salmon Fly protocol. Step Six
7. Attach a small clump of orange bucktail below the shank just behind the eye for a throat.
Step Seven
8. The first color of wing material is white bucktail. Use small clumps and even the tips. Apply tight wraps just behind the eye and less tight as you wrap towards the rear. This will help keep the hairs from splaying.
Step Eight
9. The next color is orange bucktail. Take care to place each bundle of hair on top of the previous one without rolling over. A pinch wrap technique works well.
Step Nine
10. Now comes the Green. Each hair bundle should be anchored a little back behind the previous so that you do not get an abrupt edge of material behind the eye. Try to maintain a tapered butt end of the bucktail wings.
Step Ten
11. Finally the squirrel tail hairs go one top of the group. Squirrel tail is a little slippery and slick. Make sure you make these wraps tight and secure.When done, put some less tight wraps behind the head to help keep the hairs to lay down. Step Eleven
12. I like to use an imitation Jungle Cock nail since the real stuff is expensive, and the fish don't care. A little head cement applied to the back of the nail will help to encourage the feather to lay flush against the bucktail wing. Whip Finish and apply head cement. Step Twelve

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