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    Jul 2004
    Ashburn, Virginia

    Default Filoplume Mayfly SBS

    Another breathable (the filoplume really comes to life in water) nymph, like the Feather Duster; found this one while poking through Randall Kaufmann's great Fly Tyer's Nymph Manual. It was a very sad day when Kaufmann's Streamborn closed an their catalogs stopped coming; always regretted that I never got to visit the shops.

    hook - Tiemco 200R #12
    thread - Uni 8/0 camel/UTC 70 brown (I'll explain)
    tail/abdomen - marabou
    rib - copper wire x-small
    thorax - filoplume/aftershaft
    wingcase -peacock herl

    Part 1

    mash barb and attach thread and wire 1 hook eye width back from eye; keep tag end of wire on far side of hook bend

    wrap wire back to point above hook barb

    measure a marabou feather (abdomen length)

    tie down; keep marabou fibers on top of hook and wrap up to thorax

    tie in another marabou feather (on smaller hooks, you could do tail & body with 1 feather) by the tips

    gather marabou

    and wrap body to thorax (helps build thorax up a bit for the filoplume)

    counterwrap wire rib up through thorax, helicopter and tie off

    tie in some peacock herl for wingcase (original pattern calls for sword fibers but they're a bit flimsy for me)

    prepare a filoplume/aftershaft feather (I cut away the bottom; shaft is a bit too thick to spin properly)

    Last edited by ScottP; 12-05-2012 at 11:24 AM.

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