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Montezuma's Callibaetis Spinner

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Based on a fly from Bojan Novakovic. A beautiful tie, his used guinea for the tail and a sparse wing; I subbed hackle fibers for the tail to improve floatation and a few more turns of Mearns (very similar to guinea but better suited for smaller flies than the guinea I have) to beef up the wing a bit.

hook - Dai Riki 320 #14
thread - MFC 8/0 sand
tail - grizzly hackle
abdomen - turkey biot callibaetis
hackle - grizzly (oversize by 1)
wing - Mearns (aka Montezuma) quail

mash barb, start thread at 2/3 mark, wrap to point above barb and create thread bump

strip off some hackle fibers, measure (hook length), tie in with wraps against the bump to splay/set angle

tie in (moistened) biot, notch-side down for ribbed effect; wrap to 2/3 mark, tie off/trim

tie in hackle

move thread to 3/4 mark and tie in quail by tip

wrap quail (keep the wraps tight against each other), tie off/trim

stroke fibers forward, divide evenly and set wing with cross-wraps

wrap hackle behind and in front of wing; tie off/trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

trim out hackle underneath

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