Wrap thread onto the hook shank from about 1mm behind the eye to the start of the hook bend. Tie in the grizzly hackle fibers by making two loose wraps followed up with 3 to 5 tight wraps. flare those outwards.
Wax thread with a light coat of wonder wax. Apply a thin amount of dubbing. Spread dubbing fibers out evenly on thread. Twist dubbing evenly on thread with thumb and forefinger.
Wrap dubbed thread evenly forward to the front end of the body. Tie off with 3 to 5 tight wraps. Note: it is common to either over or underestimate the dubbing amount. It is easy to add more dubbing or pinch off excess dubbing.
Tie in zelon wing on top of hook shank with 2 loose wraps. Reposition wing and when in place tie down with 5 tight wraps. It should slant back at a 45 degree angle.
Select hackle for proper size and desired stiffness. Cut stem at junction with webby and stiff fibers. Strip away fibers exposing 2 to 3mm of stem. Tie in stem with 2 loose wraps to place, followed up with 3 to 5 tight thread wraps. Concave side of hackle is opposite of body. Wind hackle evenly forward to 1mm behind hook eye. Tie off with 3 to 5 tight thread wraps. Cut off to break away excess hackle. Whip finish head with 4 to 8 turns. Pull tag end firmly and cut off excess thread. Place a drop of head cement on knot and allow it to penetrate both the thread base and hackle stems.
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