Originally published on www.outdoors.net on May 3, 2004.
Tying The Fatal Attraction
Hook: Your favorite streamer or steelhead hook, size eight to two.
Tail: Fifteen to 30 strands of silver Flashabou, length of hook shank, or slightly longer if a shorter hook is used.
Under body: 10 to 12 wraps of #2 lead wire:
Body: Pearlescent diamond braid.
Hackle: Long, webby, white saddle or neck, barbles to reach bend of hook.
Under wing: Starting from body: eight strands of pearlescent Crystal flash, followed by 15 – 20 strands of dark green bucktail, followed by eight to 10 strands of peacock Crystal flash.
Wing: Ten strands of peacock herl.
Head: White Danvilles Flymaster Plus or equivalent.
Using your favorite streamer or steelhead hook, wrap white tying thread to bend of hook and then wrap on 10 to 12 turns of #2 lead wire starting at mid-shank, working forward. Leave plenty of room for attaching hackle and winging materials.
Starting just behind the first wrap of lead wire, tie in 15 to 30 strands of silver Flashabou as long as the hook shank (it could be longer if using a shorter hook) and wrap it down to the bend of the hook. Also wrap down and secure the lead wire. Glue.
Tie in the pearlescent dimond braid at the bend, take one turn under the tail and wrap forward to just in front of the lead wire, forming the body.
Tie in a long, white, webby saddle or neck hackle with barbles long enough to reach the bend of the hook. Tie it in butt first, wet style, take five wraps, one in front of the other (don’t stack the wraps), folding them back and then take a few wraps over the hackle to force them back forming a Deceiver-style collar.
Tie in the first part of the under-wing, eight strands of pearlescent Crystal flash, reaching half the length of the tail.
Tie in the second part of the under-wing, 15- 20 strands of dark green bucktail, reaching half the length of the tail.
Tie in the third part of the under-wing, eight strands of peacock Crystal flash, reaching half the length of the tail.
Tie in the wing (topping) using 10 strands of peacock herl, half the length of the tail, and finish the fly by wrapping a nice neat and not too large of a head. Glue.