Tying Instructions: Headbanger

1. Lay a thread foundation on the hook shank from the 1/4 length behind the eye to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Select two blood marabou plumes and match up the tips.
Step Two
3. Measure the length of the marabou to be about 2 times the length of the shank.
Step Three
4. Secure the marabou to the bend of the hook and secure the tag end of the marabou with thread wraps to the mid-point of the shank. Twist the remaining tag and clip with scissors.
Step Four
5. Fold a Schlappen feather back along it's axis. This will help to sweep the fibers back along the shank. Attach the schlappen feather, by the tip just in front of the tail tie-position. Secure the tip along the shank with thread wraps and bring the thread back to the tail tie-in position.
Step Five
6. Next, attach a section of Estaz to the base of the tail and wrap forward.
Step Six
7. Wrap the Estaz to the 1/4 point of the shank and secure with thread wraps.
Step Seven
8. Palmer the schlappen feather with spirol wraps up to the end of the Estaz. Use your fingers to stroke the fibers back on every turn. Step Eight
9. Secure the Schlappen just in front of the Estaz with thread wraps
Step Nine
10. Attach a pair of legs to the top of the hook shank where the Schlappen hackle and Estaz were secured. Step Ten
11. Secure the legs so that a pair of legs drop on each side of the hook shank. Do not crowd the eye. Step Eleven
12. Clip a section of Artic Fox Fur and measure the length of the fur so that it does not extend past the mid point of the tail. Step Twelve
13. Flip this section of fur around so that it extends in front of the eye and secure the base of the fur with thread wraps behind the eye. Step Thirteen
14. Bring the fur back over the body and secure with additional thread wraps, finishing with a whip knot. Step Fourteen
15. Finished back hook. Step Fifteen
16. Attach a second hook to the vise and insert a section of 25 lb. Mono through the eye of the back hook. Attach a glass bead through both ends of the mono to create a loop. Step Sixteen
17. Attach both ends of the monoline to the top of the hook shank. Ssecure with thread wraps. Step Seventeen
18. Apply some superglue to the wraps. Step Eighteen
19. Do the same procedures as the back hook sans the tail. Attach the Estaz and Schlappem hackle to the bend of the hook.. Step Nineteen
20. Wrap the Estaz forward to the 1/4 point of the shank Step 20
21.Check the sculpin head for fit so that the eye of the hook extends fully out from the head. Step 21
22. Palmer the Schlappen forward to the 1/4 mark. Add a couple of wraps of the Schlappen at the 1/4 mark and secure with thread wraps. Trim off the tag end of the Schlappen.
Step 22
23. Attach a pair of legs to the top of the hook shank where the Schlappen hackle and Estaz were secured. Step 23
24. Check again that the skullhead will fit easily with the hook eye extended beyond the head. Step 24
25. Flip the hook and clip a section of Artic Fox Fur and measure the length of the fur so that it extends just past the bead. Step 25
26. Attach the fur so that it extends in front of the eye and secure the base of the fur with thread wraps behind the eye. Bring the fur back over the body and secure with additional thread wraps, finishing with a whip knot. Step 26
27. Bring the fur back over the body and secure with additional thread wraps. Step 27
28. Add Light Olive Nymph Dubbing behind the eye with some figure eight wraps. Step 28
29. Whip Finish. Step 29
30. Apply Super Glue. Step 30
31. Fit the Sculpin head so that the eye of the hook extends full out from the head.. Step 31
32. The Finished Headbanger.
Step 32

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