Top tying tips
Size 12 Kamasan B110 grub hooks work well for me. I am going to try some on barbless hooks when they arrive. I think this fly might be ideal on barbless.
Avoid making the body too bulky. The body needs to be skinny.
A split thread dubbing loop works best – if you have the patience to split the thread!
Pick over the dubbing and remove the long guard hairs. If it is still too spikey mix with some rabbit or other fine hair dubbing to smooth it a little more.
After tying the fly and the head cement is dry, give it a brush with a hard toothbrush to free up any trapped fur or hackle fibres.