tied by Skordog Fly Type:Terrestrials & Midges, Target Species:Panfish, Material List: Hook: Scud / Pupa size 10-12
Legs: 30 lb monofilament
Color: yellow and brown permanent markers
Hard as Nails to cover body Tying Instructions: Build up the body with lots of white thread. I believe I was using 3/0. Once you have the shape you want then color the top section with the yellow marker. Leave the belly white. Then put rough spots on it with the brown marker.
Once you are happy with the coloring brush the body (all the way around) with Hard as Nails. This helps bleed the color a little bit and makes the body come alive.
Now tie about a 2-3" length of the mono to the bottom of the hook so that it forms two legs. Using a candle heat up a needle and carefully bend the leg upward at a 45 degree angle close to the body. Reheat the needle and bend the leg back down a bit further on. (See the picture and you'll know what I'm talking about biggrin.gif ).
Repeat the heating and bending on the other side.
Now repeat the process for the other 3 sets of legs.
Finally build up a bit of a head, tie off the thread, and color the head like you did the body.
You also want to use the brown permanent marker on the legs. This gives them a translucent reddish hue.
Finally you want to cover the head and thorax areas with Hard as Nails as well to keep the legs in place.
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