Tying Instructions: Callibaetis Cripple

1. Attach the thread to the hook behind the eye and secure a strand of ribbing wire to the bottom of the shank. Secure this wire to along the bottom to the bend of the hook. The "Bend of the hook" is where the thread will intersect with the base of the barb when hanging vertically.
Step One
2. Clip some Marabou fibers that are full and measure the length of the tail to be about the half the length of the hook shank. Secure the material at the bend of the hook and secure the remaining material up the shank about 75%. If the tail segment is still too long, you can break them off with your fingers. Do not cut them to trim.
Step Two
3. Lift the tag ends of the marabou upwards and wrap the thread in front of them to the 75% position.
Step Three
4. Create a herl rope by twisting the material in a clockwise rotation. Not too tight, you want those fibers to extend out.
Step Four
5.Wrap the Herl rope forward to the mid position of the shank and secure with some thread wraps. Take care in wrapping this herl that you do not trap the barbules under the quill. On this fly, I made about 6-7 wraps until I got to mid shank. Step Five
6. Counter-wrap the ribbing about 4-5 turns until you reach mid-shank. Move the wire as you wrap to dislodge barbules that might get caught by the wire. Secure the wire ribbing with thread wraps.
Step Six
7. Attach a small amount of Superfine to the thread by twisting the material, the fibers will interlock and tighten. Leave room for the wing and hackle, about 25% of the shank length.
Step Seven
8. Dub a small ball for a thorax. Leave room for the winging material. Step Eight
9. Clip off a portion of Elk hair and clean out the underfur. Put the hair into a hair stacker to even the tips. Pull out the tips from the stacker and measure a length that is equal to the hook shank. Tie in the Elk hair wing just in front of the thorax. Hair tips should protrude in front of the eye. Lift the wing and place some thread wraps in front of it. I like to apply a couple of loose wraps around the base of the wing hairs to keep them together. (If you want a fluttering cripple, place some figure eights to split the hair at a 45 degree angle.)
Step Nine
10. Trim the butts of the wing just above the thorax.
Step Ten
11. Place a grizzly hackle by the butt and tie underneath the shank where you tied in the Elk Hair wing. The shiny side of the hackle should face the eye of the hook. I apply two wraps behind the wing and one wrap in front of the wing to secure the butt. Trim the butt so that it does not extend into the eye.
Step Eleven
12. Wrap the hackle 3 or 6 turns (3 for slow-water and 6 for fast-water) and tie in behind the eye. Secure the hackle with one wrap behind and one wrap in front behind the wing, then two wraps behind the eye in front of the wing.
Step Twelve
13. Trim off the tag end of the hackle. Whip Finish.
Step Thirteen

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