Daniel, I'll never think I'm the only one who "invented" any pattern. Actually the fly is just a black marabou streamer with a collar, hardly anything new. It's more a style of streamer meant to add a bit more realism to the silhouette. I think silhouette and lifelike movement are two crucial criteria to getting a fish to strike. If you notice, most of the streamers posted here are meant to move in some attractive way. The tail on a string (chenille or tubing) makes more movement and mimics the reflection (shine) of a minnows scales as well as looking more natural (minnows do have tails after all. Let me know if you really want the whole story on this tail business and I'll fill you in with details. I'm quite sure others have tied this pattern or something very similar. I like black for off color water. Any color will work I suspect as will any material.
Daniel, I make the biot tail first. Just select two biots and place them together making a V with one biot slightly longer then the other. A tiny dot of superglue on the biots where they cross keeps them in position. Trim the butts of the biots if needed and the "tail becomes one piece. Now lay the V directly on the
I'm sorry Daniel. I lost the rest of my explanation when I used the ampersand instead of typing the word "and". It truncated the message. I hope this gets fixed in the next version of the software.
Continuing on from before:
Lay the chenille or tinsel braid or whatever you are going to use to make the extended body on a piece of paper. Don't worry about length at this point. Add another small drop of superglue to the end of the chenille/braid and carefully place the biot V onto it. Position the V so the longer biot is up and the chenille extends just slightly beyond the biots. Wait for the glue to dry completely then place that hardened tiny tip in your vise. Now take thread wraps around the biots and chenille. I make a few wraps back into the point of the V as well just to insure it doesn't slip off. Once the V is tied in, coat the wraps with head cement for durability. Long explanation for a really simple operation, sorry about that.
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