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Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure

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Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Step 1

STEP 1 : Run the thread down to a place opposite the barb and catch in a bunch of white marabou. This is a small slim fly so the bulk on the hook shank needs to be kept at a minimum. Run the thread back and forth along the hookshank to produce a neat level body.
TIP: When preparing the marabou, place the marabou tips in your left hand between index finger and thumb and with the right hand move your thumb and index finger nails down the marabou stripping the webby marabou bulk off the stems. This will result in a slimmer body when tied in.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Step 2

STEP 2 : Now dub the Hot Olive Dubbing onto the thread. Notice I started slightly up from a position where the tail was tied in. I find this makes a neater look to the fly where the body and tail meet.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Step 3

STEP 3 : Wind the dubbing back to the where the tail is tied in and then dub forwards to about 1/4 of the bodylength from the eye. At this point use a dubbing teaser to tease the fibres out making a 'buggy' body.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Step 4

STEP 4 : Now take a bunch of Marabou for the wing. I use the fine tips found at the top of the Marabou feather, the same principal as that used in the Cormorant lure. Tie in the bunch of Marabou just behind the eye of the hook and trim the waste feather. Whip Finish the thread.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Step 5

STEP 5 : Take the scarlet floss and produce a neat head. Secure, Whip Finish and Trim.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Final

Final : Now varnish the head with a couple of coats of Sally Hansen hard as nails varnish.

Tying the Cat's Whisker Mini Lure - Final2

Final: This version is tied with Krystal flash. Just tie in the Krystal flash before Step 5 (Creating a head with the scarlet floss)

 

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