Instructions: Hogans Military May

Tying Instructions: Hogan's Military May, PMD

1.  Slide a glass bead onto the hook. With the PMD, a red, brown, or amber color should work well. Attach the hook to the vise and attach the thread behind the bead.


Step One
2. Select a section of Mallard Flank for the tailing material. Keep the tips even. Place the section of fibers on the top of the hook shank so that the tailing fibers extending beyond the bend of the hook is about 3/4 of the shank length. Secure with a few touching wraps.
Step Two
3. Next, attach a wire ribbing to the side of the hook shank with a few more touching wraps. Then secure both the taiiling fibers and the wire ribbing with thread wraps to the bend of the hook.
Step Three
4. Place a strip of Pearlescent tinsel to the top of the hook shank and secure at the bend of the hook and up to behind the bead.
Step Four
5. Bring the tag end of the tinsel over the top of the hook shank and secure the tag end just behind the bead. This is your flashback.
Step Five
6. Wrap the wire ribbing forward with evenly spaced spirol wraps to behind the bead and secure the tag end of the wire with thread wraps. 
Step Six
7. "Helicopter" the tag end of the wire for removal. It should break cleanly behind the bead. Next, attach another strand of Pearlescent tinsel to the top of the hook shank behind the bead. (Yes...you could have used the tag end of the flashback!) Step Seven
8.  Secure a strand of scudback behind the bead for a wingcase. Secure the wcudback with thread wraps that will also establish the length of the thorax. You want this to be just less than 1/2 the hook shank length from behind the eye of the hook. Step Eight
9. Apply dubbing to the thread and lock in the first fibers to the hook shank with a first wrap.. Step Nine
10. Twist the dubbing on the thread creating a tighter rope and wrap a thorax that is about the same diameter as the bead. Step 10
11. Attach a strand of midge flash behind the bead at the top of the shank. Step 11
12. Next, attach a section of Mallard Flank to the far side of the shank behind the bead with 1-2 loose wraps and adjust the length of the flank tips so that the just extend beyond the thorax. Tighten the thread wraps. Step 12
13. Now, do the same thing to the side facing you. Step 13
14. Bring the scudback over the thorax and secure with a couple of tight wraps and also one more wrap between the tag end of the scudback and the bead. This will really anchor the material. Trim the midge flash to about the same length as the mallard flank tips. Step 14
15. Bring the tinsel over the top of the scudback and secure with some thread wraps.  Step 15
16. Apply a couple of half hitches to secure the thread and trim off. Step 16
17. Apply a drop of UV Fly Finish thick to the top of the wingcase. Use a bodkin to distribute the drop over the wingcase to the edge of the bead. Step 17
18. A UV lamp is necessary to cure the epoxy material. 10-15 seconds is all it takes. Step 18
19. The finished Military Mayfly, PMD Step 19
   
   

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