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Mercer's Skating October Caddis

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A few minor changes to the original pattern.

hook - TMC 5263 #6
thread - UTC 140 tan
rib - x-fine wire copper
underbody - Mirage Tinsel opal
body - Midge Tubing amber
body hackle - brown (undersize by 2)
thorax - Ice Dub hare's ear
underwing - deer hair orange
overwing - Congo Hair orange
lower lip - 2mm foam tan
upper lip - 2mm foam orange
legs - small rubber orange

mash barb, start thread at 2/3 mark; tie in rib and wrap to bend

tie in tubing

tie in tinsel at 2/3 mark; wrap to bend, leave tag end hanging

wrap tubing forward to 2/3 mark; tie off/trim

spiral tag end of tinsel forward; tie off/trim (original used the tinsel rib to add a little flash to the pattern, but using it under the midge tubing adds enough flash to make this extraneous - next time I'll leave this step out)

tie in hackle; wrap to the bend

capture tip with wire; continue rib thru the hackle to the 2/3 mark, helicopter end, cover with thread, trim hackle tip

tie in lower foam strip (gap width); wrap to eye

repeat with the upper

dub thread/dub thorax

clean, stack, measure (tips to bend) a clump of deer hair; trim butts/tie in

tie in a clump of CH, tips even with underwing; trim butts

tie in legs

cover tie in with a little more dubbing; half hitch x 2, SHHAN

trim legs/foam

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Good timing and nice bug. Thanks Scott
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