Tying Instructions: Punk Perch

1. Attach the hook to the vice and mash down the barb. Clip about 30-40 strands of marabou from the quill, keeping the ends even. You may have to make to separate clippings to get enough strands. Measure the tips so that they are about the same as the shank length and anchor at the bend of the hook. Wrap the excess forward up the shank to the 3/4 position and trim.
Step One
2. Attach a length of fine copper wire for a ribbing to the underside of the shank. Secure the wire with wraps to the tail tie-down position. Create a dubbing loop of 3-4 inches in length. You secure the loop by wrapping thread wround the loop at the shank. The loop is held open by a dubbing tool such as Cal Bird's dubbing tool or a Griffin Spinning Loop tool. Wrap forward and hang the bobbin away from your work
Step Two
3. Blend some UV Black with the UV Lt Olive Ice Dubbing. The Lt Olive makes up about 95% of the mix. Adjust the material within the loop so that the bulk (75%) is within the bottom half of the loop. Twist the loop, the material closest to the shank will tighten first. Tighten the loop but do not overtighten, so that the last half of the loop becomes a tight noodle. It should be somewhat bulky.
Step Three
4. Wrap the loop forward to just behind the eye, leaving adequate room for a head. Trim any reamining dubbing and secure with thread wraps.
Step Four
5. Bring the copper wire forward the evenly spaced wraps in a reverse method to counter the dubbing wraps. The ribbing will greatly help to secure the dubbing fibers. Step Five
6. Secure a piece of red thread and wrap to create a small band at the rear of the head. This will represent the gills of the Punk Perch.
Step Six
7. Whip Finish. Then pick out the dubbing with a bodkin. You should get much longer fibers from the front half of the shank. Take a piece of velcro and work the material to blend the material and get it to flow in a backwards sweep. Trim any wayward fibers. Try to get a tapered silouette. The front fibers should be able to extend to the base of the tail.
Step Seven

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