Fly Fishing the Sierra

Tying Instructions: Hot Wire Prince

1. Mash down the barb with the vise and slide on the Gold Bead to the eye of the hook.
Step One
2. Wrap 7-8 turns of leadfree wire behind the bead and slide the wire wraps up into the bead cavity.
Step Two
3. 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.
Step Three
4. Attach two goose biots, with the convex sides facing each other, to the tail tie-in position. The biot tails should be about one shank length.
Step Four
5. 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.
Step Five
6. Trim the tag ends of the biots.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 two colored copper wires at the tail tie-in position along the side of the shank. Step Six
7. Now wrap a smooth foundation covering the wire, leaving the thread just behind the bead. Step Seven
8. Wrap the the two wires forward to about two eye widths behind the bead. During the wrapping, bring each wrap against the previous one to keep the wraps snug. Step Eight
9. Secure the wires with thread wraps behind the bead. Step Nine
10. Attach three pieces of peacock herl by the tip behind the bead. Twist the herl into a chenille and wrap it about 2-4 times over the base of the wire wraps and in front of the wire wraps for a thorax leaving some space behind the bead. Step Ten
11. Secure with a couple of thread wraps and trim the tag ends. Step Eleven
12. Prepare a hen neck feather. The length of the fibers should reach from the bead to the point of the hook. Flare out the fibers from the quill and remove the bottom fluff exposing a section of bare quill. Step Twelve
13. With your index finger and thumb, message the fibers into a plane. All of the fibers will be pointing back towards the tail. Step Thirteen
14. Attach the base of the quill behind the bead and secure with a few thread wraps. Step Fourteen
15. Wrap the hackle 3-4 turns and secure with some thread wraps behind the bead. Step Fifteen
16. Clip off a pair of White Goose biots. Attach the first one at an angle along the far side of the body. The length should not exceed the body. Secure with a couple of thread wraps. Step Sixteen
17. Place the second biot with an equal opposing angle on the near side. I like to have my biots curving downwards since the peacock herl tends to lift these biots. Secure with a couple more thread wraps. Step Seventeen
18. Biots are slippery and a little Zap-a-gap on the next thread wraps will anchor these biots down. Trim off the tag ends of the white biots at the bead and secure with three or four thread wraps. Step Eighteen
19. Apply a whip finish. Step Nineteen
20. The finished Hot Wire Prince. Step Twenty

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