Everyone did a superb job in this swap,especially(sp?) since it was during the holidays, but these take forever to dress and it was nice of Hedburner to put forth the effort for our swap, thank you. Very nice
1. First step cut up a bunch of 20# dacron about 12 inches long. Now double one of those up and push the doubled end through the eye of an #2 Gamu octupus hook, bring the loop under the hook point and pull it tight.
2. To furl the two ends of dacron, put the hook in a vise and with a hackle plier on the each end of dacron twist in opposite directions, the right hand twist one way and the left hand twist it the other direction. Do at least 50 turns. Hold both pliers in one hand and release the hook from the vise with the other. After it stops spinning around both dacron ends will be furled around each other. You may have to smooth out some kinks but they do smooth out pretty easy. Now tie a simple over hand knot in the furled section about 4 inches from the hook. This keeps everything from unfurling and falling apart until you're ready to tie everything up. And that little knot is usefull to anchor the dacron to the other hook too.
3. Now put the hook in one vise and the end of the dacron in another vise.
4. Make a mark about three inches from the hook eye, so you know when to stop winding the bunny strip.
5. About a quater inch from the hook on the furled dacron start a couple of wraps of thread. Tie in a bunny strip. I'm using crosscut strips because the fibres will lay back towards the hook. Use good bunny strips that are tanned nice and soft and supple not any wider than around an eighth of an inch. After tieing the strip on tight. Real tight, if it's not tight you'll have problems with it spinning aroung on the dacron. Dab a small drop of super glue. Wait for that to set up. Now with your left hand (assuming right handedness here) keep a good grip on the tie on point and with your right hand wrap the strip around the dacron. Always keep the already winded on part in your grip while winding with your right hand otherwise the dacron will spin and you won't get a good tight wind. Wind up to the mark you made on the dacron and finish off with a some real tight wraps. Add another drop of super glue here and put a couple of half hitches in for good measure. Don't get any super glue on any unwrapped dacron becaus it will make the line really stiff. You don't have to cut off the tying thread, not cutting the thread saves some time. Just take this finished part out of the vise with the thread and bobin still attached.
6. Now take another hook, I used a #2 Gamu Siwash hook. Run a 1/4 pink Spirit River bead up the hook eye, use a pair of pliers to close the hook eye. Put this hook in a vise.
7. Now take the part that you have just wrapped with the bunny and wrap a base of thread on the hook.Leave a little bit of space between the bunny wrapped dacron and where you will start wrapping thread over the unbunnywrapped dacron, it makes sort of a flexable hinge . Spread some super glue on the thread base and place the dacron on this and wrapp real tight up and down, fold the dacron back over the wrapps, and that little knot will make an nice little anchor for everything wrapp it back up to the bead nice and tight and wait a few for the glue to set up.
8. Wrap the thread back to the back of the hook and tie on the left over strip of bunny that you cut off from step 5, you should have some leftover. Wrapp that up towards the bead tie off and trim.
9. Place two pieces of crystal flash on both sides tie off and whip finish and cement. Whack off the hook point from the hook shaft on the front hook, file down any sharp and your'e done.