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Dennis Potter: And I just brought my thread back up, out of the way. Then what we're going to do is take basic, what I call open cell fly fall, 8th inch and it's cut into from the twelves or fourteens, it's cut into a big quarter inch section. The first thing we're going to do to prick this, is we're going to just cut a little point like a wolf peak across, and that's just saw that when we tied in, we don't have all that extra material to tie in.
So at this stage, bring the thread back down where it was, right at the end and right at the bottom of that peak with the material on my side of the hook, I'm going to bring the thread over, start to tighten it, wrap tighter, tighter, tighter and let the thread torque, the poll of the thread, if you will, roll that material right up on top and make sure that you wrap your thread well back down.
You're going to tell that you're basically in the right spot as when you lift that material straight up in the air. The back of that is right even basically with the bend of the hook. So now when we pull that over, we have that nice long body. I'm even going to take a couple of more wraps further back down there.
Okay, now move your thread. When I say move, let's quickly review here. If I tie a wrap, wrapping your thread as one wrap right in front of the previous wrap, if I tell you to move the thread from one spot to another, if we were back here as an example, moving the thread is getting it to the spot where I want it to go with as few wraps as possible.
Now what we're going to do is put an underbody on this fly and here we're going to use good old nature's wonderful sparkle material peacock. And this is only five or six strands of peacock with nice heavy flue on them, I am just going to even the ends and I can tie this in real worm with the simple pinch loop at forward, well back from the eye and then you had this spot right about a quarter of the regular hot shape back from the eye.
We're just going to lash this down right back to that same spot, right up against that body and then I'm going to move my thread out of the way. If this peacock we're going to be exposed like on a royal wolf or something, I would reenforce that peacock by actually wrapping it around the thread itself, kind of making like a peacock chenille. We don't have to do that because it's going to be covered up with the shell, if you will, but back of this bug. I'm going to use my bobbin tender here.
But before I do wrap it, so that it doesn't separate and to help it a little bit as far as durability, I'm just going to give that peacock a full twist and then I'm going to take advantage of my rotary with this wonderful Renzetti master vise and just starting it forward one wrap right up against the previous wrap, up to about that quarter of the way back spot where the thread's been hanging and just tie that off, several good tight wraps, then we're just going to trim that. So there is our under-body. The natural sparkle of peacock is just amazing. There are many, many synthetic products that you can use. I like to stick with peacock.
Okay, then what we're going to do is take this foam, hold it across the back and lightly stretch it just into where it stops and gets torn. We're going to take our thumb and finger and squeeze the material right in front of the sides tilted towards me a little bit and then I'm going to take about 12 or 15 good wraps here, laterally just back and forth a little bit and there's that, right there is the shape. That's that beetle, deer fly, horse fly kind of everything shape that the fish and that warm whether, warm water situations see all day.
I'm going to pull the foam back out of the way. Take the thread up to the eye. Bring the thread back about half way, so that the thread is now basically scrapping across the front of that foam. And, I'm going to push the foam forward, so that it's right out over the eye of the hook. This is where the fathead part comes in. This is the redesigned part of this fly. So I've folded that over. I've pinched it in a little bit and trapped about an eighth of an inch of that foam with your thread. Then go easy at first with the thread tension. The more you wrap, the tighter you can go and that's what forms the fathead part of this fly.
You can already see that wonderful selavet (ph) that we get. Again now do all of these bugs that we're trying to imitate have this fathead on it? No, but anytime I can many, many pad it's like I break up the selavet (ph) of that fly. I really, really like to do that. This also helps float this fly a little better and then what I'm going to do is start wrapping the thread to the back before we trim this. You can see that we're starting to make a thread platform here, if you will.
There is a lot of work to do between the body and the head. We have wings, we have legs and we have an indicator on there that we have to put on it, so we can see it. Okay, so now what we're going to do, is take your scissor points, put them right in there, stretch that material and cut it and just put that aside for another fly.
Now this part which is remains of what we've just trimmed, we're going to start to tie that in. This is also going to help us increase the length of the base here of this material. Now you can really see the separation between the body and that head. That's important, we need that.