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Spikey Squirrel & Dark Rabbit

tied by Soft-hackle
Fly Type: Wet,
Material List:
Hook: Standard wet fly 12-18
Thread: Dark brown Uni Thread 8/0
Hackle: Dark centered brown speckled hen
Ribbing: Fine gold wire
Abdomen: Natural spikey squirrel dubbing dubbed on tan 8/0 Uni Thread by the Leisenring method.
Throrax: Dark brown rabbit dubbed to tying thread.
Tying Instructions: After stripping the fluff off the bottom of the hackle-stripping the right side slightly higher up than the left, tie the hackle stem, higher side down, to the hook shank so the the hackle points out, over the eye.

Wrap the thread down the shank toward the bend. Tie on the the ribbing wire.

The Dubbing brush is made, Leisenring fashion, using the squirrel dubbing. This is also tied on near the bend. Wrap the tying thread back toward the eye, leaving room for the Thorax. Wrap over the wire and thread from the brush. trim off excesses.

Wrap the abdomen and rib with wire. Trim excesses.

Some very dark rabbit is then dubbed to the thread and wrapped to form the thorax. Brush this out with a small wire or Velcro brush.

Wrap hackle-two turns- tie off and trim excess. Form head and whip finish.
Presentation Tips: Use up stream or down, in the film, just below or deeper. This fly can be swung, or used with the Leisenring lift, or fished deeper like a nymph.

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