Wet Fly Pattern & Bead to Hook sizing


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Wet Fly Recipe: Gray 6/0 to 8/0 thread; Size 10-18 Pupa Hook; Gold Bead to match hook size; fine black wire to match gray thread; UV Ice Dub; Starling hackle.

Put bead on hook. Attach thread at rear of shank and tie in wire ribbing. Wrap the gray thread back and forth on rear 2/3 of hook and build up a tapered abdomen. Leave thread at upper abs by future thorax area. Wrap wire ribbing from rear to front equally spacing wraps and making at least five turns of ribbing. Tie off ribbing. Dub a scraggly thorax that allows for some dubbing fibers to trail backwards. Tie in Starling hackle by butt or tip depending upon size of hook (above you can see I left tip of feather intact rather than cutting it off.

You can, of course, mix and match the colors of the thread body , wire ribbing, dubbing and bead color. The Starling hackle is alway a fine material for small wets. A simple Peacock thorax (less animated) could be substituted for the UV Ice Dub.  (See post 3/3/09 for similar flies)

BEAD TO HOOK SIZE:                                                          

1/16= Size 20,
5/64= Size 18,
3/32= Size 16,
7/64= Size 14,
1/8= Size 12,
5/32= Size 10 & 8,
7/32= Size 6 & 4,


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