Tying Instructions: California Mosquito

1. Attach the hook to the vise and attach your thread just behind the eye. Wrap back to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Clip 6-12 stiff hackle fibers from a tailing or spade hackle and keep the ends even. The length of the tails should be the same as the wing, from the eye to the bend of the hook. Position the tailing fibers at a 45 degree position in front of the shank and apply two soft thread loops, tightening them to brind the fibers to the top of the shank. Trim and secure the butt ends.
Step Two
3. Attach two strands of black floss to the bottom of the shank as well as a half strand of white. Wrap and secure the floss to the tail tie-down position.
Step Three
4. Wrap the black floss forward for a thin tapered body just past the midpoint of the shank.
Step Four
5. Twist the half strand of white floss and wrap it forward with spiral wraps about 4-5 times. Secure with thread wraps. Step Five
6.Attach two hackle tips, facing each other, just in front of the body. The wings should be equal to the tail length, from the eye to the bend of the hook.
Step Six
7. Attach a Grizzly hackle by the butt at the base of the wing with the shiny side facing you..
Step Seven
8. Wrap the hackle forward about 4-5 turns leaving room for the head. Secure the hackle, trim the butts, and wrap a small head. Whip Finish.
Step Eight

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