Tying Instructions: BWO Quilled Spinner

1. Insert hook in the vice and attach thread in the middle of the shank. Wrap the thread to the bend of the hook above the hook barb. Build a small thread bump here. Select 6-10 hackle fibers. The length of the tail fibers should be about 2-4 eyelengths more than the shank. Attach the tailing fibers at the tie-in position at the bend of the hook and wrap up to the ends of the tail butts beyond the midshank position. A.K. likes to press down on the fibers just behind the thread bump and roll his thumbnail to splay the fibers. He then brings his other thumbnail under the fibers to help bring them into a fan shape. A drop of head cement at the thread bump helps to maintain the shape. Step One
2. Select a quill and clip the tip where the diameter is about equal to the hook shank. Attach the quill stem by the tip top the upper shank at the same tail tie-down position and wrap forward. Step Two
3. Wrap the quill with even wraps up to the 3/4 position and tie-in. Clip tag. Step Three
4. Select White Hen Hackle Tips for the wings. The tips should be about two eye lengths greater than the shank length and the width should be equal to the hook gap. Prepare the tips by preening back the unneeded fibers and clipping those in the tie-in location. Tips should be back to back with convex sides together. Tie the wings to the top of the shank about 3 eyelengths behind the eye and straddle the butts on the hook shank. Lean the wings slightly toward you and take one turn of thread around the butts and tighten. Take a second turn and pull back on the wings as you roll them to the top of the hook. Three more wraps in front of each other will anchor the butts. Step Four
5. Clip the excess tags if the wings and place some thread wraps behind the wings to stand them up. Step Five
6. With figure eight wraps, position the tips so that they lay horizontally. Bring the thread up in front of the wings and down behind the far wing. Position the wings by pulling the thread and take one turn of thread in front of the wings to lock them in place.
Step Six
7. Dub and wrap BWO Superfine for the thorax. A.K. likes to create small dubbing dams in front and behind the wings with a thin dubbing rope that is about twice the diameter of the thread. He then applies more dubbing and wraps in front and behind the dubbing dams in a figure eight pattern. No figure eight wraps touch the wings. This helps in eliminating any delta-wing positions when you fish the fly. Step Seven
8. Whip finish and apply cement.
Step Eight

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