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Male Speaker: Then what we're going to use is some florescent egg yarn for the indicator. We're ready to go, actually we can cut the wings to length, and fish to fly. The problem is, because it's a little rider what you want virtually all of your terrestrials to be, you can't see it, so what we're going to do is take florescent orange egg yarn. Your day time colors, number one, they want to absolutely want to be florescent. The best two colors would be florescent hot pink, and a florescent hot orange -- definitely you want to save the florescent over of the florescent yellow for your late afternoon and the evening towards dark colors. The problem with that color during the day is if the sun hits it and it's bright sun and it adds a tendency of over fluoresce and look white.
So what we're going to do is take about a third to a half of strand, just half of this florescent orange egg yarn and cut about an inch-and-a-half long. If you are planning to work with this stuff, it's cheap. If you cut it much shorter than that, it's hard to work with. What we're going to do is just wave this right across the top. Now ideally, when I take this, then hold that arm there with my left hand and my holding hand, I'm going to try and pull the back legs out of the way. And I'm going to take the loose wrap over the top, right in between those outward legs and look at it to see what's going on with them. Now you can see that those legs are starting to pinch together a little bit on the outside. I'm not going to worry about it.
And then I'm going to take a second wrap through there, smug it up. Hold the whole thing out of the way and come right up behind the head and take two or three tight wraps.
Now I'm a half-inch tool user. I think they are absolutely phenomenal tools. This is a set that you can buy that has three different tubes, tools which actually has six different size holes on it. And what I want to do is just take a double half-inch which simply means two wraps around the tool, slide it right up to the eye and slide those off. Take two more double half-inches or one more, slide that off so I have four half-inches now holding that thread on, and I'm going to trim that.
No glue. If you're tying your flies properly, you're constructing in the way that you want them, it's where on a small dry fly that you would ever need to glue a fly. I never ever had these kind of flies come apart.
Now we're going to trim the indicator first. So what I'm going to do is just gather it up with the good short pair of scissors, like you kind of bring the scissors right on top of the head, right across the back and just kind of cut your way through, and there's your indicator. You won't, unless you are blind, you won't be able to test this fly far enough that you can see it. And that is obviously very important.
Now what we're going to do is trim the wings and we're going to trim those together. Just gather them up lightly to the back, bring your scissors wide in and push the blades of your scissors right up against the back of the hook and just cut them both. We don't want them to be really long wings because the fly is in it and particularly the beetles they just don't have a real warm wing.
I'm going to trim the front legs, by just pushing them up along the side of the head. You want to stretch them, maybe about a quarter of an inch or so in front of the head, just cut them off.
Let's trim the back legs, the length of the wings. Cut that where we want it. Now these legs are a little longer than you would see in nature. That's okay, I want the movement. You can tell that it takes very little movement here or certainly in the water to make these legs move and that's really, really important. I'm convinced over many, many, many trials with using more fine legs, even than this and heavier legs. But this is the one that we want. It gives us some floatability but it gives it movement.
So there is the Fat Head Beetle. When you're just -- it has everything. It has sparkle, it has shape, it has got the movement of the legs, it has wings. This pattern can represent it literally thousands of species of Beetles, Horse flies, Deer flies, the horde Elk flies up in Smoke Creek. It's a phenomenal fly and we're going to use it in that warm weather, warm water situation all summer. So enjoy!