Hook: Daiichi D1310 #12 -#14
Thread: 17/0 Uni-Thread
Body: Mad Rabbit Dubbing
Hackle: Whiting Hen Hackle
Second Hackle (optional): CDC Summer Duck- natural
Tinsel: French Oval Tinsel gold
Tail:Whiting Hen Barbs- brown or honey
First, attach the thread to the hook at a point about one and a half to two eye-widths behind the hook eye. This will leave a clean working area on the shank for the hackle and head, as well as give you a visual reminder of where the abdomen should meet the hackle.
With a pair of smooth-jawed pliers, flatten the end of your gold tinsel. While this step probably isn’t necessary when tying flies with a “buggy” abdomen, it is a good habit to develop as it will give you a smooth foundation to build your body upon. Align the tinsel along the top of the shank so that the point where it transitions from flattened to rounded is directly above the barb. Working from front to back, tie in the tinsel with side-by side thread wraps, keeping it along the top of the shank, and stop at the point just above the barb.
Select around 8 Whiting Hen Barbs and tie them in above the barb so that they are around 3/4 to 1X the length of the hook shank.
Create a dubbing loop with Mad Rabbit Dubbing, or any other coarse-fibered dubbing material, wrap it forward to the point where you initially started your thread on the hook. Next, evenly wrap the tinsel forward.
Select a Whiting Hen Hackle feather with a barb length about 1.5 times the hook gap.
Tie it in at the base of the feather and make several wraps forward. Tie it off with three to four tight wraps and trim any excess.
Form a head with your thread, whip finish, and if desired, apply head cement.
Here are several other variations