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A vintage stillwater pattern; either English or B.C. roots. The wing/shellback sequence was lifted from Charlie Craven's Improved Humpy; makes it much easier to get consistent wing length and cuts down on bulk.

 

 

hook - Dai Riki 300 #10

thread - UTC 140 tan

tail - elk hair

body - peacock herl

shellback/wing - elk hair

 

 

mash barb, start thread; wrap to bend

 

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clean, stack, measure (gap width past bend) a clump of elk hair; tie in/trim

 

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clean, stack, measure (shank length) another clump of elk

 

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tie in at eye, trim about 1/2 of the hair out as you wrap to towards the tail to cut down on bulk

 

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tie in peacock, wrap herl to front, tie off/trim; re-enforce if you want (I should have counterwrapped some x-small wire - next one) but with the ungulate shellback, it's just a race to see which will shred first

 

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pull shellback forward; tie off/trim butts

 

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pull wing back (note to self - use black thread next time)

 

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half hitch x 2, SHHAN

 

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Regards,

Scott

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Nice. I always tied mine where the front wing is the tips of the hair that is pulled over the back. Hard to keep measurements straight and stay consistent that way, this looks like a much easier approach.

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