1. Build a thread base that covers the back three-fourths of the hook shank and leaves the thread at the bend. Prepare a sparse clump of black Z-lon and attach it as a tail that is equal in length to the hook shank. Dub an olive body that covers the back three-quarters of the hook.
2. Loop a four inch section of monofilament and bind it tightly on the hook directly in front of the dubbed body. Trim any excess mono then tie a sized, dry fly hackle on the hook tight in front of the mono-loop. We chose to use a gallows tool to assist in wrapping the hackle around the loop.
3. Place the loop in the gallows tool, then wrap the hackle up the loop about five turns and then back down to the hook shank. Tie the unwrapped hackle to the hook shank just in front of the "loop" and trim the excess.
4. We found the loop with attached hackle got in our way for this step so we tilted the gallows tool back to get the hackle out of our way. NOTE: When you tilt the gallows back, be sure to relax some of the tension on the mono-loop. Al tore his first loop/hackle off the hook at this stage when testing the tying instructions. Be warned!
5. Wrap the thread forward to just behind the hook eye. Trim a strand of fine closed cell foam about as wide as one-third of the hook gape. Tie on this strip at the hook eye and make several wraps of foam back and forth forming a small round thorax. Tie it off and trim the excess at the hook eye. Color the foam with a felt tip marker if desired.
6. Remove the hackle-stacker loop from the gallows tool and pull it up and over the foam thorax and bind it at the hook eye. Fold the mono back over itself and anchor it with a few more thread wraps. Whip finish, trim, and apply head cement.
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" - Judson Stone by Al & Gretchen Beatty
"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" - 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