Tricos as far as the eye can see...
And here's a close-up of what I'm trying to imitate...
Ok here we go...
|Step 1: Get a #20-26 2xs curved shank hook (I usually stick with 22 and 24). Start the thread in the thorax so you don't bulk up the body. Use the smallest thread you have, something smaller than 8/0 is ideal.|
|Step 2: Tie in 3 synthetic tail fibers, around 2 to 3 times the length body. Work the thread down and back only tying them in straight, do not X wrap and split the tail as this bulks up the body.|
|Step 3: Cut a piece of clear medallion sheeting and twist it like a bow tie. Then X wrap it into place. |
|Step 4: Dub up some black superfine. Keep it kind of loose this will create a bulkier/leggier thorax without the bulk or the addition of hackle legs.|
|Step 5: X wrap the dubbing. Check the underside to make sure it looks good. You can trim it up if it's too bushy.|
|Step 6: Whip finish and superglue the knot. Also split the tail fibers with your thumb nail and superglue the back part of the body where the tail comes in (make sure you use the brush-on kind of superglue), this will keep the tails splayed.|
|Here's the side view. Note the flush look and that loose superfine looking a bit like legs.|