Carefully unite two pale blue saddle feathers and two white ones on the outside, tie them with the white 6/0 thread at the hook bend.
Tie six pale blue Mirage Flashabou strands at each side of the tail. Then, cover the tying with cianoacrilate and then with pearled ice dubbing.
Cut a bundle of a bucktail tail (medium thickness), the bundle should be as thick as a pencil. Take the short and useless hair out, even it out. Cut the thicker side and hold it before the ice dubbing body with three loose turns. Spin the bundle. Tighten the thread. Add six flashabou strands at the back and cement it, then cover with ice dubbing that gives an internal glimmer.
Tie another white deer collar. This time add a small yellow deer hair strap.
Then tie a green one, then a blue one to imitate the colors given by light when it incides on a shad´s back. I sometimes use a red strap before the blue one.
Tie olive Angel Hair and peacock herl over the deer hair, up to the end of the tail.
To imitate the spotted sides of shads, tie a grizzly saddle feather and then tie a cheek or side section of the mallard duck, which with its fine bars resembles the scales.
Glue the eye over another trimmed mallard feather and paint the gills and operculum with permanent marker. Red for the gills and olive for the operculum.Tie the cheek that we previously worked on, it should be vertical. Use very fine transparent monofilament instead of the thread, and tie an Angel Hair bundle, peacock color.
I use monofilament so that the epoxy used vanishes and the upper section of the head shows the Angel Hair all the way to the hook eye (it is a non elemental detail but I have always been a perfectionist). Do not over use monofilament nor cover completely the Angel Hair, the epoxy will do this. Just make sure no fibers remain loose on the upper side. Use the 5 minute epoxy to finish a conic head. Our Jungle Ghost can now deal with the great golden dorados. View more...