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The Traitor Fly Recipe:
Hook: Size 20 – 24 Tiemco 100 or similar standard dry fly hook
Body: Twisted Uni-Stretch or Antron
Wing: Gray Antron, or color to match
Hackle: Brown or color to match
Step One: To begin, tie in a full strand of the Antron for the wing, almost like a spent spinner wing. I like to use a full strand of Antron – even on these small flies.
Step Two: Pull the Antron up and wrap the thread up the Antron post to create a good base for the parachute hackle.
Step Three: Tie in a 4″ to 5″ strand of Uni-Stretch and wind thread to bend.
Step Four: Tie in 2 or 3 Micro-Fibbets in on each side of the hook to create a split tail. Don’t be afraid to use your thumbnail to manipulate the fibbets into place after you tie them in.
Step Five: Select a hackle feather – the nice thing with the parachute style is that the hackle size isn’t so critical to the fly “balance” as it is on traditional Adirondack style flies. Trim the hackle to remove the webby portion and strip the fibers from the bottom 1/4″. Tie the hackle along the antron post as shown. Tie in with the concave side facing in – this will allow the fibers to angle up slightly as you wind the hackle down the post. This upward angle will make it a little easier to avoid trapping the fibers as you wind.
Using the tying thread, create a smooth tapered under-body. This is an important step in order to create a nice looking fly-body. Do the fish notice the nicelt tapered body? Probably not – but I notice. And the more confident I am, the more fish I catch.
Step Six: Using your hackle pliers, twist the Uni-stretch (or antron) into a tight “rope”. Wrap the “rope” in adjacent wraps up to just behind the hook-eye, leaving a little room for the hackle tie-in and the whip-finish.
Step Seven: Wrap the hackle down the post – I usually get about five or six wraps on this size fly. Try to avoid trapping the fibers of the previous wraps. Tie off the hackle, whip finish and go fishing!