June 5, 2006
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1. First tie the body of your chosen pattern on a straight eyed hook. Use a drop of varnish on the underlying thread wraps at the tail of the body section for durability.
2. Next use pliers with side cutters to remove the point and bend of the hook.
3. Make the cut just short of the materials.
4. You’ll end up with something like this.
5. Connect the body section to the front section of the pattern with a nylon loop.
6. Tie the remainder of the fly including a tuft of material to mask the hinge joint. A material like marabou works well without impeding the pattern’s action.
Another way to produce the hinge is to use wire trace leader material. Alternatively, you can use a loop of strong tying thread – this is the least durable but potentially most ‘mobile’ solution.