Featherside Flies
Ron McKusick
663 Airport Road
Corinna, Maine 04928
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Making Trolling Tandem Streamer Flies.

Preparing the hook assembly

I use Mustad 3906 size #4 hooks. The wire is 30 pound test clear nylon covered Seven strand wire. I cut the wires so they are two and one half inches long each.

Here is the rear hook assembly wound with white size "A" Gudebrod nylon. It has been cemented with LOON water base Hard Head cement. After the cement is dry, I trim the rear assembly so it is two and a half inches long.

Wires are bound together with size 'A' rod winding nylon thread over the hooks. It is important to use nylon (clear or black plastic) covered stainless steel seven strand wire that is between 30 and 45 pound test. Put the rear hook in the vise and start the thread in the middle of the hook. Run the thread to the eye and back to the tailing position. Take a piece of wire that is 2 1/2 inches long and put it through the eye of the hook, run the wire to the thread and start wrapping thread over the wire. These wraps should be close together and under tension. Apply pressure to the thread so that it bites into the nylon covering, wrap to the eye, back down to the end of the wire, back to the eye and whip finish the thread. Cover the thread with Loon Hard Head cement. Cement is important because the cement fills in those gaps that the thread doesn't fill.

This assembly I used Uni-stretch Pumpkin Orange as the floss.

After the cement is dried and you have trimmed it again at two and a half inches, now you can decide what color the body is to be. I am tying a body for a Gray Ghost Tandem using light orange floss. Uni-products just came out with a Pumpkin Orange floss and uni-stretch. This is the original orange floss color that Carrie Stevens used. I use Danvilles light orange, but will soon be switching to the Uni- Stretch Pumpkin Orange.

This assembly I used the Danvilles Light Orange floss.

After the rear hook is cemented and dried,take a number 4 hook and place it in the vise, start your "A" thread 1/4 inch behind the eye of the hook and run the thread close together down to the tailing position. Take the Rear assembly and put the front wire on top (the back) of the front hook. Have the end of the wire stop where you started the thread. It is important that you leave 1/4 inch of clear hook to build the fly on. Wrap the thread close together and under tension to the end of the wire. Make a couple of half hitches and cut the thread. Cement the thread windings and put it up to dry.

After the front is dry then finish the body. You can now tie the rest of the fly.