Articulated Fish Spine prepared.
Place the shortest side of the Fish Spine on the vise as if it were a hook. Tie the Krystal Hackle with the fibers towards the back, tightening with thread the wire gap so it leaves no spaces.
Wrap the Krystal Hackle combing the fibers to the back, with tight turns, closing when we get to the eye, covering all with thread. Cement the tie with cianoacrilate and take the tail off the vise.
Place the second wire piece after needling the tail on it. Use the thread to close the wire gap. Then tie a copper wire loop of 10cms long, fill it with white Mirror Image, spreading it as evenly as possible. I use a Marc Petit Jean tool for this.
Wrap the wire loop making the brush to shape the first body. Comb the body with a wire brush, fibers to the back. Close the head and cement the tie. Take both pieces off the vise.
Place the third piece after needling the two others. Close the gap with the thread and tie another copper loop a bit longer. Fill with Mirror Image, longer too. The picture shows how I do it with the tool, holding the Mirror Image before placing it inside the wire loop. Distributing evenly the synthetic hair is important.
Connect the bodies to the hook with a steel wire loop, and weigh the hook with lead. Fill the hook with white and red brush up to the eye. Comb with the brush.
Trimming from the back, shape the fly. Some monofilament may help to straighten the fly as we trim it. Taking it off the vise works too.
Place the eyes. Apply a tiny drop of gel cianoacrilate, fast drying epoxy or UV cement in the back of the eye to paste it correctly. If we use UV cement, we need a lamp to dry it. This way the eyes surely won’t loosen.