2. I then pressed the tip of the feather to the tape, the holding my finger down on the tip of the feather, I stretched the feather until the stem was straight, and then affixed the other end.
3. Then gently pressed down along the whole length of the feather to assure contact between the tape and the feather.
NOTE: Never use clear nail polish for this, it dries too quickly and will curl the feather so your fly will look like it is wearing a "Flying Nuns" hat. Also the nail polish seems not to aid in adhering the feather to the tape.
5. At this time you would have your hook in the vise, tie in the locking wrap, add dubbing to the stem of the hook in a caddis body shape to 2/3 the hook shaft length. You are now ready to attach the Caddis Wing to the hook.
6. Once the feather with the coating of Fleximent is dry, fold the feather in half on the axis of the stem.
7. Now we get to the shaping of the Caddisfly Wing. Holding the folded wing by the base of the feather, cut the rear portion of the wing, towards the tip end of the feather. The reason for this, is that the segments are oriented in that direction.
8. Placing the Caddis Wing over the hook to size the wing, and cut the wing to proper length. Note: The Caddis wing should extend out past the end of the hooks curve.
9. We now have two cuts left to do on the wing. First holding the wings by the stem towards the rear of the wing ( if you have fat fingers, like I do, use tweezers or hackle pliers). Cut a diagonal shape to the folded wing, to a slim triangular shape. Then with your scissor nip the rear edge of the folded wing to round the edge of the wing.
10. At this time wrap your thread up to the eye of the hook. Holding the wing in position, wrap the wing toward the rear, until firmly affixed and secure with a couple of half-hitches.
11. Then at the half-hitches, attach your hackle and wrap the hackle to the rear of the hook, with the last wrap forward, secure wraps of thread with a couple of half -hitches.
12. If you wish, antenna's can be added at this time. Just hold two Chinese Boar Hair, or Micro-Filaments, sticking thru the hackle and secure forward with thread wraps. Secure the antennas with a whip finish back to the hackle on the Caddis Fly.
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