The Muddled Daddy
Hook: Size 10-12 nymph hook Thread: Brown Rib: Fine gold wire Body: Hare’s or Fox squirrel fur and gold Lite-Brite Legs: Knotted cock pheasant tail fibres Wing: Cree or grizzle hackle tips (optional) Head: Spun and clipped roe deer body hair
Run the tying thread on at the eye, carrying it down to the bend in close turns. At the bend catch in a length of fine gold wire.
Secure the waste end of the wire along the shank then dub a pinch of fur onto the thread. Wind the fur along the shank in touching turns.
Apply the dubbed fur until it has covered threequarters of the shank and formed a slim body. Wind on evenly spaced turns of gold wire.
Secure the end of the wire then add three legs of knotted pheasant tail to each side of the body. Trim off the waste ends of pheasant tail.
Select a pinch of roe deer hair, removing any fluff or damaged fibres. With the tips projecting over the body apply loose thread turns.
Gently pull the thread tight. This will cause the hair to flare and spin around the shank. If necessary, use fingers to help it around the shank.
Work the thread through the hair so that it is locked securely to the shank. When the thread has reached the eye draw the hair back.
Cast off the thread with a whip finish then begin trimming the hair. Using small precise cuts work around the head to create a rounded shape.
Keep snipping until all of the grey hair has been trimmed to shape leaving only the brown tips to form a collar projecting over the body.