Marathon-Terrestrial
Ron Eagle Elk

Marathon-Terrestrial

Transpar-Ant tied by 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
hardened.

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.
 

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