By Mike Martinek, Jr.
Photos by Jim Birkholm
1. Dress hook.
2. Tie in golden pheasant tail and wrap forward to even the thread. Cement after each step!
3. Tie in silver mylar tinsel, overlapping slightly, back and forward again.
4. Tie in Pearl mylar tinsel and over-wrap the silver tinsel back and forward, cut off.
5. Cut a sparse bunch of white bucktail, do not stack! Angle Cut the bucktail and tie under the hook as belly. The angle cut will allow the following layers to lie properly.
6. Tie in throat of red schlappen as shown.
7. Select four variegated Ewing yellow/olive grizzly feathers. Marry to form underwing. Cut off as shown to make lie properly. Tie loose and pull into place, trim.
8. Match two (or four, two for each side for depth) lemon Wood Duck feathers for shoulders on each side. Trim.
9. Tie in one Jungle Cock nail on each side. To strengthen and help position the nails, put a tiny drop of cement on the base of your vise, drag the backside of the nail through the cement lightly before tying in.
10. Finish with a topknot of the red schlappen over the top. This topknot is Mike's signature.
11. Whip finish.
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