Tying Instructions: Bill's Skwala Stonefly

1.Attach the hook to the vise and lay a thread foundation from behind the eye to the bend of the hook. Cut a strip of 2mm black foam and trim the end round. Secure the foam to the top of the shank just behind the barb location perpendicularly. About 1/8' of foam should extend to the rear of the tie down. Wrap forward with tight wraps to the 1/3 position and trim off the tag end of the foam. This is the egg sac.
Step One
2. Attach a black rooster saddle or cape hackle by the tip just in front of the foam egg sac. The hackle should be sized for the hook.
Step Two
3. Apply some Golden Olive dubbing. I am using Senyo Laser Hair, Frank Carnazzo preferred Lite Brite.
Step Three
4. Wrap a sparse body forward to the 3/4 position.
Step Four
5. Next, palmer the hackle forward with about 5 wraps, securing the hackle with thread wraps at the end of the abdomen. Step Five
6. Trim the top hackles as we will be laying an underwing that will be close to the body.
Step Six
7. You can also trim the bottom hackles so that the pattern lays deeper within the surface film. Note that the side hackles are left untrimmed for maximum floatation.
Step Seven
8. Cut a strip of 1/4 inch web wing and trim the strip with rounded wings and a tapered shape. The length of the underwing should be just beyong the egg sac and the bend of the hook. Step Eight
9. Secure the underwing just in front of the abdomen to the top of the hook shank. Step Nine
10. Clip a bundle of Olive Dyed Deer Hair and even the tips within a hair stacker. The amount of hairs should equal the hook gap.
Step Ten
11. Measure the hairs so that they are the same length as the underwing and secure with tight thread wraps to the top of the hook shank just in front of the abdomen.
Step Eleven
12. Trim off the tag ends at an angle and place a few wraps that are looser behind the tight wraps to lay down the hairs or decreasing the flare. Step Twleve
13. Apply thread wraps to hold down all of the trimmed tag ends of the hair and tie in a pair of legs with x wraps to the top of the hook shank in front of the hair wing.
Step Thirteen
14. Next, attach another hackle just in front of the wing with the dull side facing the front. Select a hackle that is one size smaller that the hook since the hackle will be wrapped around a dubbed thorax.
Step Fourteen
15. Apply the dubbing to create a tapered thorax to just behind the eye. Step Fifteen
16. Palmer the hackle about five times to the front of the thorax, securing the hackle with thread wraps behind the eye. Step Sixteen
17. Wrap a small head and whip finish. Trim the legs to suit and apply a drop of head cement just behind the eye.
Step Seventeen
   

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