Hook: Size 8 heavyweight wet fly Thread: Black Tail: Black marabou and strands of gold or silver tinsel Rib: Gold or silver wire Body: Gold or silver metallic cactus chenille Hackle: Soft-fibred grizzle or cree cock hackle
Apply a bed of tying thread at the eye and secure a pair of metal beads with figure-8 thread turns. Add a drop of Superglue to thread and leave to harden.
Run thread to bend and catch in a few strands of fine gold tinsel at their mid-point. Fold the fibres over to double their density and secure with thread.
Take a generous bunch of black marabou at least 2.5 inches long. Strip away fibres from a section of its base. Catch it in at the bend to form the tail.
Catch in a length of gold wire at tail base. Strip off some herl from one end of a length of gold cactus chenille. Catch in chenille by this short bare core.
Wind thread toward the eyes, securing waste ends of marabou, wire and chenille to shank. Wind cactus chenille along shank in close turns to form the body.
Secure loose end of chenille just behind eyes. Trim excess. Take a long-fibred grizzle cock hackle, strip off fibres from its base and catch in behind eyes.
Grasp hackle tip in a pair of hackle pliers and wind on two close turns behind the eyes. Wind hackle down shank to tail base in open evenly spaced turns.
When hackle has reached the tail wind the gold wire up through the hackle turns. Wiggle the wire as it is being wound to prevent fibres from being flattened.
Secure loose end of wire just behind the eyes then remove waste. Cast off thread with a whip finish. Carefully trim off excess hackle tip at end of body.