Invicta Flies - Beadhead Double Legs
From Erik Andreasson of Sweden comes this "traditional" Scandinavian pattern. The fore and aft hackle create great movement. This combined with the attraction of a beadhead (which also helps get the fly down), fluorescent green tag, and peacock herl makes this pattern beg to be eaten. Natural colors blend well with these attractors to make an overall affective pattern, whether for "searching" or during an emergence.
1) Place the bead on the hook (crimp the barb if necessary), and insert the hook into the vise. Secure the thread just behind the bead and take a dozen or so wraps to help build a foundation that will hold the bead up against the hook eye.
2) Wind the thread back to the bend or just above the hook point. Tie in a length of flouescent green thread (here Erik uses a strand from old flyline backing). Wind this strand down into the bend for a length approximately equal to the distance from the hook barb to the hook point. Reverse and wind back up to the tying thread and tie off. Clip the excess.
3) Select a partridge feather with barbs about one and a half times the hook gap. Tie this in by the tip, then take two or three turns, tie off, and clip the excess. Including some of the webbier "fluffy" fibers can add to the flies attraction, as seen in Erik's fly above.
4) Tie in the tag end of the copper wire just in front of the hackle on top of the shank, excess extending back beyond the bend to be wound later. Lash this tag end along the etire top of the shank up to the bead, then wind back to the hackle.
5) Dub a slim body of hare's ear dubbing up to about a hook eye width behind the bead.
6) Now spiral the copper wire forward to the thread. Tie down with three tight turns of thread, then clip the excess. Carefully, so you don't cut the thread, cover the exposed clipped end of the wire with the tying thread.
7) Select a partridge feather with barbs equal to about twice the hook gap and tie this in by the tip. Take two or three wraps like the rear hackle, then tie off and clip the excess.
8) Take additional thread wraps between the hackle and the beadhead to make sure the bead will not slip back, then whip finish and clip the thread. Cement the wraps.