With the hook in the vice masking the point, this is a size 14 Edgar Sealey, run on a short bed of black thread like so, leaving a space behind the eye.
Tie in some fine silver braid ("silver twist")
Tie in the silver braid as you continue the bed of thread down to the bend. At the bend tie in one black herl from an Ostrich feather.
Run the thread back to the start of the body. Wind the herl in close touching turns to make a flue brush shaped body and tie it in behind the hook eye.
Snip off the waste ostrich herl and tie in the black cock's hackle as shewn with the dull, concave side facing you.
|Snip off the waste hackle stalk and wind the thread back to the front as shewn|
Make a bold head with a tight whip finish and varnish it well. Use the waste hackle point from your pliers to pull through the eye whilst the varnish is still wet.
The finished Charles Cotton's Black-Fly