This pattern has been working a charm for me during the hatches of pale wateries and BWOs this season (especially the evening BWO hatch) so thought I would share it.
Hook: straight dry fly 14-18, here I use a size 16 Partridge SLD
Thread: anything thin and strong, here I use the FishOn ultimate tying thread, strongest I have ever used
Wings and thorax: Natural CDC, 4 square ended feathers
Abdomen: Olive Lakeland superfine dry fly dubbing
Tail: Coq De Leon
1. Obviously tie on the thread and then bind the tail, aim for about equalt to body length and keep it a bit spread to help with stability.
2. Match the tips of the 4 CDC featehrs and then bind on, leave enough room for binding down behind the eye, 2mm should do.
3. splay the feather tips with your thumb and then pull the top 2 feather butts forward in line with the hook shank. When the butts are on top of the tips use your thumb and forefinger to draw the tips back and up, repeat this until there are no trapped tip fibres. Now bind the butts very tightly to minimise the size (hence the need for strong thread).
4. Now bring the two remaining butts around either side of the thorax to hold the wings upwards, again bind very tightly.
5. Neaten the head and then take the thread back behind the thorax.
6. Dub the abdomen of the fly.
7. Tie off behind the wings and add a drop of varnish, you are now done.
Apologies for the poor pics and the incredibly dirty vice jaws, they have seen a lot of use lately :D
I hope I explained this properly, the winging technique is really simple once you get used to it and by changing theabdominal dubbing around you can cover most olive duns, you can also pull the wings down flush with the body and then fish it as a spinner without even changing fly.