Wrap pearl towards the eye in overlapping turns, securing with a half-hitch and then trimming.
Wrap the red flash in open turns and secure with a half-hitch.
If you are brave, you can skip the thread part, tie on the pearly mylar using the same method you use to start thread. Then wind it down halfway, and hang your hackle pliers on it to weigh it down and prevent it unravelling. Trap in the red flash, and continue winding it down and then back again, where you lock it with a half-hitch. Bring the red flash forward, lock with half hitch and continue.This will save you a lot of time
Lock these on with the red thread, then secure three CdC feathers as shown after alighning their tips.
Trim the back end of the CdC in a sloping cut, and tie on a peacock herl.
Move the thread to the front of the CdC behind the hook eye.
Wind the peacock herl to make a thorax, then bring it to the fron where the thread is and trap with the thread. Trim the herl, and make a few turns under the CdC while lifting it, so that it cocks' a little.
Secure with a whip finish and trim thread.
Thats it. I recommend fishing it with a 'stopper' knot that will allow it to sit correctly in the water.
This is another version using the same base, but with a wire wrap.
Another alternative is shown below, where the pupa is tied further back on the hook, and thus hangs a bit deeper in the water.
Using a nymph hook, start the thread halway back from the eye, down the bend as shown, trapping in some silver wire. Return the thread and buid up a 'body'. It works a lot easier with a thicker thread, so Use Danville's Flat waxed thread. This can also be 'un-spun' to create a smoother body.
Before you completely finish the body, wind the wire forward as shown, then trap and trim.
Once the body is complete, tie off and trim the thread, and make some cheeks using flourescent craft paint. Dont bother with anything other than a toothpick (of which you should always have.
Put aside to dry by sticking into a piece of foam to avoide messing the paint.
While it dries, make some more, and when they are all dry, give them a coat of head cement or sally hansens (the latter dries quickly)
It should then look like this.
Add the CdC as per the previous fly using the black thread and tie off.
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Shuttlecock Fly Step-by-Step
While not so commonly fished around here, these flies are very popular overseas, and as our Commonwealth team members recently discovered, are very effective.
The idea is to suspend a buzzer pupa just beneath the surface, using the CdC as a floatation device and as a strike indicator. Use your favourite buzzer patterns, tie them shy of the hook eye, and add the CdC. They are mainly fished static, but can be twtched or moved.
You could also suspend another buzzer or two from it New Zealand style to help you cover deeper water.
Secure a #12 nymph hook and wrap on touching turns of 6/0 red thread. Trap in some wide pearl flashabou (or mylar) and thin red red flash, continuing with the thread to around the bend as shown. Move thread back to eye (neatly), whip finish and trim.