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Loosely based on Craig Mathews' Guide Cripple (another fly inspired by Bob Quigley's original); just because it's a cripple doesn't mean you can't use foam to make it float. Tied here in Adams colors; change to suit your needs.

hook -Dai Riki 135 #12
thread - UTC 140 grey brown
core - 8lb mono
Shuck - Congo Hair brown
abdomen - 1mm foam grey
wing - Congo Hair white
hackle - grizzly/brown

put a loop in one end of the mono

mash barb, start thread; flatten other end of mono, brush on a little Super Glue and tie in

tilt hook down, put mono loop on gallows; tie in CH

tie in foam strip

brush on a little Super Glue (not to much- it'll wick up thru the CH too far and fuse the fibers of the shuck together); wrap foam up (shank length) - adjusting tension as you wrap up creates a tapered effect (not necessary but not hard to do either and it creates a nice effect)

Brush on a little more glue and wrap back down to hook; tie off/trim foam and shuck (gap width)

tie in a hank of white CH; take a few warps in front to set wing angle

tie in hackles

take a few wraps behind and in front of wing; tie off/trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

trim wing butts close, trim wing, trim hackle underneath

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