|1. Attach the Gold Bead and apply 7-12 wraps of leadfree wire behind it. Push the leadfree
wire into the void of the bead.
|2. Attach the thread to the shank behind the leadfree wraps. Apply thread wraps of the wire
to secure and wrap back to the bend of the hook.
|3. Attach two goose biots, with the convex sides facing each other, to the tail tie-in position. The biot tails should be about one half
the shank length. Position the biots so that they are split and roughly horizontal to the shank. Wrap the tag
end of the biots up to the end of the leadfree wraps. Trim the tag ends of the biots.
|4. Wrap the shank to create a tapered foundation over the biots and leadfree wire, then
bring the thread back to the tail tie-in position. Attach the copper wire at the tail tie-in position
with one end tucked into the bead void.
5. Now wrap a smooth foundation covering the wire, leaving the thread just behind the bead.
|6. Wrap the wire forward to about two eye widths behind the bead. During the wrapping, bring each wrap against the previous one to keep the wraps snug.|
|7. Attach a piece of flashabou in the middle of the strip behind the bead. Apply a couple of thread wraps and double the strip back to the rear with some some additonal thread wraps over the thorax region.|
|8. Attach a strip of Thin Skin just behind the bead. Apply thread wraps so the the Thin Skin wingcase extends about the same width as the bead. This will be the thorax region.|
|9. Attach three pieces of peacock herl by the tip behind the eye. Secure the herl to the base of the thorax region.|
|10. Twist the herl into a chenille and wrap it about three times to just behind the bead. Secure with a couple of thread wraps and trim the tag ends.|
|11. Prepare a partridge feather. Clip the tip of the feather, leaving a selection of fibers extending from both sides of the quill. Laying this "V" just behind the bead, secure the feather to the shank with a couple of loose wraps.|
|12. You can pull the feather to get the desired fiber length necessary. On the Copper John, the fibers should just extend to the hook point. While pulling the feather with your right hand, use your left hand to keep the fibers from pulling to the top of the shank.|
|13. Bring the Thin Skin and Flashabou over the thorax and anchor behind the bead.|
|14. Apply some thread wraps as a collor to cover the tag ends and whip finish.|
|15. A drop of epoxy finishes the wingcase. Try to keep the epoxy drop located just from the edge of the bead and over the wingcase. Take care not to let any epoxy enounter the partidge fibers or the peacock herl.|
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