Tying Instructions: Thorax Dun - Baetis

1. Attach thread and apply a small thread mound at hook bend. I like to start the thread at the location where I'll place the wing, it gives a point of reference.
Step One
2. Tie in 5-6 Blue Dun Hackle fibers for the tail, one length of hook shank. The thread mound will splay the Dun Hackles when the thread is tightened behind the mound. Wrap the butt ends of the microfibetts to the wing tie-in position.
Step Two
3. Tie in a 1/4" wide section of Turkey Flats for a wingpost. Keep the tips of the flat aligned. Wing should be about the length of the hook.
Step Three
4. Lift the butt ends of the Turkey Flat and trim at an angle. Secure the butt ends with thread wraps. Apply a couple of wraps beneath the wing to lift it up and secure against the butt wraps.
Step Four
5. Wrap the thread back to the tail tie-in position and place a thread wrap between the fibers so they achieve a 45 degree split. Step Five
6. Apply a small amount of dubbing to the thread and wrap a tapered abdomen up to the base of the wing. Apply some additional dubbing around the wing base with some "X" wraps from behind the wing base to the front of the wing base.
Step Six
7. Select a Light Blue Dun Hackle that is one size smaller than the standard for the hook size. I'm using a size 18 hook, so this hackle is size 20. Anchor the base of the hackle in front of the wing with the hackle pointing to the rear.
Step Seven
8. Select a second hackle that is one size larger than the standard to the hook size. On this fly, it is a size 16. Anchor the hackle at the same position as the first hackle.
Step Eight
9. Wrap the larger hackle so that it is forward of the wing on the top of the shank and behind the wing below the shank. 3 wraps is normal and secure the tag end with thread wraps just behind the eye.
10. Trim off the tag end and apply a few more thread wraps. Attach the hackle pliers to the second hackle for wrapping towards the rear. Step Ten
11. 3 wraps is usually enough. This hackle will cross the first hackle just below the wing. Secure the tag end just behind the eye with some thread wraps.
Step Eleven
12. Trim off the tag end and wrap a small head. Whip finish.
Step Twleve

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