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    Transpar-Ant tied by Bob Ellis

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    Good looking fly is that hot glue for the thorax?
    #1 3-4-05 4:15pm

    Bob Ellis
    It's five-minute epoxy.
    Harrison Steeves pattern in "Terrestrials" by Harrison R. Steeves III
    and Ed Koch

    Hook: #16 to #20 straight eye, Tiemco 101

    Underbody: Monocord for larger hook sizes, 6/0 or 8/0 for the smaller
    sizes. Yellow, rust, cinnamon, or a combination of these, using
    different colors for abdomen and head.

    Body: Devcon five-minute epoxy

    Legs: Black or furnace hackle

    1. Build up a small underbody for both the thorax and the abdomen. Leave
    a portion of the hook shank bare between the two underbody portions.
    The abdomen should be somewhat larger than the thorax.

    2. Mix a small amount of five-minute epoxy, and with a dubbing needle,
    apply an appropriate amount to both the abdomen and thorax. As you apply
    the epoxy, the vise may be rotated and the body built up and tapered as
    desired. By rotating the vise slowly for a few minutes, a perfectly
    shaped and even body can be obtained. Continue rotating the vise until
    the body has partially hardened (it only takes a few minutes).

    3. Remove the completed body from the vise by grasping the eye of the
    hoook with a fine-pointed pair of forceps so as not to touch the still
    tacky body.

    4. Place the bend of the hook on a magnetic strip cemented to a block
    of wood so that the body will contact nothing until it is completely

    5. Allow the completed bodies to cure for a few hours. Tie in the
    appropriate size hackle between the abdomen and head, give it a few
    turns, and tie it off to form the legs. If you do not want to use
    hackle, three strands of moose body hair may be figure-eight wrapped
    between the thorax and abdomen and then trimmed to form the six legs.
    #2 3-17-05 5:25pm

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