|Tying Instructions: Trigger Nymph|
|1. Attach a Gold or Copper bead to the hook, sliding it up to the eye. Attach the thread to the shank behind the bead and wrap a foundation to the bend of the hook just above the barb. |
|2. Clip 3 Pheasant Tail fibers from a tail feather. The center feather of a tail splay will have the best fibers as they will be stiffer than the outside feather fibers. Align the tips and measure the tail length to be about one half the shank length. Hold the fibers on the top of the shank and give it a tight wrap. This should splay the fibers.|
|3. If not, apply some more thread wraps and use you thumb against the base of thye fibers to splay them. Anchor the butts along the top of the shank up to the bead.|
| 4. Clip a Turkey Biot from a Left wing feather. Attach the tip of the biot to the top of the hook shank just behind the bead. The curve of the biot should face the hook shank. Secure the biot down to the tail tie-in position.
|5. Attach your hackle pliers to the biot and wrap the biot forward with evenly spaced wraps. If you've selected the right biot and positioned it correctly, you should get some nicely formed ridges. A smooth body can be accomplished by tying the biot with the curved side facing away from the shank. There are differences between the LH and RH biots with the size of the ridges that are formed. Secure the butt of the biot with thread wraps. .|
|6. Trim off the butt end of the biot and bring the thread to the 60% position on the shank. Wrap a small ball of dubbing in this location. |
|7. From a Mottled Brown Partridge Feather, remove 5-6 fibers and even their tips. Attach the fibers just in front of the dubbed ball on the far side of the hook shank. The length should not extend beyond the abdomen. Obtain another 5-6 fibers for the other side and attach the the hook shank with the fibers sweeping back toward the tail. Secure with thread wraps and trim off the butts.|
|8. Wrap some additional dubbing, hiding the thread wraps and creating a thorax that should be slightly larger than the diameter of the abdomen. Bring the thread to the midpoint of this thorax. |
|9. Wrap the Ice Dubbing around the thread and slide the dubbing up to the thorax. With your hand you can squeeze this material, downwards, onto the thorax. |
|10. Bring the thread around the shank,behind the bead, and wrap a few times to secure. This should give you a small clump of Ice dubbing sitting on top of the throax. |
|11.Apply some more dubbing to the thread and wrap the dubbing on both sides of the ice dubbing with the final three wraps between the ice dubbing and the bead. |
|12. Whip finish. |
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