1. Place the hook in the vise and wrap the lead wire onto the front part of the shank. Be certain not to crowd the hook eye; you will need the extra space later. Flatten the lead wraps with a pair of pliers. Attach the tying thread in front of the shaped lead, criss cross wrap over the weighted area, and wrap to a point directly above the hook barb. Apply head cement to the thread covered lead wraps.
2. Tie on the biots for the tail and use a ball of dubbing to divide them. Trim the excess; then tie on a single biot by the tip to later form the abdomen back. Attach the copper wire at this location as well.
3. Apply dubbing to the back half of the hook shank. Fold over the biot back and anchor it in the center of the hook where the dubbed abdomen stops. Wrap the copper wire forward ribbing over the abdomen. Trim the excess wire and biot.
4. Measure two biots so they are about as long as the hook. Bind them to the shank with the tips pointing to the back. Prepare a hen feather by removing the fluff and stroking the fibers back so they are straight out from the stem. Tie the feather on by the tip (concave side up) in the center of the hook shank.
5. Mentally divide the front part of the hook into three equal parts. Apply dubbing to the center most part, fold over the hen feather, and then the two biots. Bind all in place with a couple of thread wraps then fold the feather and biots back again.
6. Dub the next part of the thorax. Fold the hen feather over this second section, bind it to the hook, and trim the excess. Now fold over the two biots and bind them to the hook wrapping all the way to the eye covering the front third of our thorax. The remaining tips form the antenna. Dub over the thread wraps to form the head, whip finish, and trim the excess thread. Apply Aqua Head or head cement as needed.
Fly Pattern Encyclopedia: Federation of Fly Fishers by Al Beatty & Gretchen Beatty, Frank Amato Pubns; (September 2000)
Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple by Skip Morris, et al (Spiral-bound - September 1992)
Trout Flies: The Tier's Reference by Dave Hughes; Hardcover
Complete Book of Western Hatches: An Angler's Entomology and Fly Pattern Field Guide by Rick Hafele, Dave Hughes (Paperback - May 1981)
Jack Dennis Western Trout Fly Tying Manual by Jack Dennis
"From the Fly Box" - E/C Caddis by Al & Gretchen Beatty
"From the Fly Box" - March Brown Nymph by Al & Gretchen Beatty
"From the Fly Box" - Quigley's Hackle Stacker Dun by Al & Gretchen Beatty
"From the Fly Box" - Maribou Muddler Jigs by Phil Blomquist
Is It Really That Difficult to Learn to Fly Fish? by Pudge Kleinkopf
When You Want to Release the Fish Unharmed by Sharon Watson
Ice Fishing the Gem State by Charlie Powell
Henrys Fork Fly Fishing Classic by Sharon Watson