The Holo-back Bug provides a profile for a range of effective weighted patterns for rivers and lakes. In this red version the head comprises a red bead with a metallic finish while the back, the “holo” bit, is formed from a length of red holographic tinsel. Of course, these colours may be used to create a range of effective patterns, pink and red being two obvious additions.
- Slip bead over hook-point then slide along the shank up to the eye. Fix hook in vice then apply close turns of fine lead wire.
- Having added turns of lead wire push them firmly into the recess at the back of the bead then fix them in place with tying thread.
- Wind thread over wire then carry it on down to bend. Catch in a few grizzle cock hackle fibres plus a length of fine red wire.
- At same point catch in length of red holo tinsel plus a few fibres of black pheasant tail. Secure waste ends with close thread turns.
- Wind thread up to bead then take hold of the pheasant tail fibres and wind them, without twisting, so they form a slim tapered body.
- Secure then remove the ends of the pheasant tail then pull holographic tinsel over top of body. Apply turns of wire to secure tinsel.
- After four or five evenly-spaced turns of wire and secure loose end with thread. Trim off excess tinsel. Wiggle wire until it breaks.
- Catch in short length of Krystal Flash to form a sort of hackle. Dub on a pinch of sparkling black dubbing for the thorax.
- At the back of the bead, cast off thread with a whip finish then trim ends of Krystal Flash so strands are same length.