The first post was about using this fly. The most recent was about still using it even though its time will shortly be drawing to a close for this season. It dawned on me you might appreciate how to make the thing so you can have a go "before it's too late again".
|Put the hook in the vice hiding the point and whip a little bump of orange thread at the bend
|Tie in a good bunch of white cock hackle fibres in front of the bump and take the turns towards the bump, tying the fibres down tight to the bump, so the hackle fibres splay out.
|Wind the thread up to the front of where the body will be, making a coarse bed of thread as you do so.
|Take one strand (there are four to a card) of Tiemco Aero Dry Wing in Medium Dun and trap it on the top of the hook by two turns of the thread, leaving a long strand over the hook bend and a short strand over the eye.
|Hold the long strand towards you at a right angle to the hook and take a diagonal turn over it and round the hook
|Make figure of eight turns to anchor the wing both sides at right angles to the hook. With the thread dangling in front of the wing dub on a small amount of Hot Orange seal's fur quite tightly.
|Starting in front of the wing wind the dubbed thread of Hot Orange seal's fur down the hook finishing at the start of the tail. It always looks rough and too fat at this stage.
|Rib the body with the thread right back up to just behind the eye and make a whip finish and cut off the thread.
|The fly should look like this at this stage (nearly finished).
|Now take the fly out of the vice. Hold it like this by the wings. Snip off all the extraneous bits of seal's fur to make a thin body that has lots of cut ends of fur round its edges to catch the light.
|Varnish the whip finish and clean out the eye whilst the varnish is still wet. Et Voila! The finished "Poly Prop Sherry" (or "PPS" to its friends).
Make five of these at a time. One for the fish (we all make mistakes), one for the trees (we all make more mistakes), one on your tippet, one for your box and one for the angler who comes over and says "By Gum! You're doing well tonight! What fly are you using?"