|give it the Adams treatment and Voila: Catskill variation|
Here's a simple StepByStep explaining how to make your very own
first off, choose a CDC feather that has plenty of butt-fluff. These fat-assed feathers are gonna make a wicked tail.
I will be tying the Fly on an Allen hook today. I just met these guys last week, and got the hook-up on a bunch of hooks to try out!
Ok. Wind your light brown thread to the point, grabbing the stump of a natural to light brown CDC feather. tie just behind the butt-tip with two loose wraps so that you can carefully pull the feather rear-ward, creating the tail. Keeping the feather on the top of the hook, make 3-4 tight wraps, really binding the stem to the top of the hook-shank.
With your favorite rotary hackle pliers, grab the feather by the tip and begin to wrap forward, **pulling the fibers back Every wrap! You should have something like this. (the stem is going to make a great looking segmented body when wet!) Tie off the tip with two tight wraps, and one in front.
--If tying the Catskill Variation, this step is where you would tie in your hackle feathers, just in front of the CDC feather, but still leaving a hook-eye's space behind the eye.
Ok, this isn't too tricky, but just take your time so that all the feather has the same tension pulling forward: with your thumb and pointer finger, grab the loose feather, and pull forward towards the eye.. ** Important: Notice that I have the feather pulled slightly up, exposing the hook eye on the bottom. this will cause the next few wraps to bind the material to the top of the hook.
2-3 wraps of thread, and you're almost done. Next, take your thumb-nail and press rear-ward the wing, flaring it out similar to a comparadun. Make a thread dam, form a head, whip- finish, and done. !