How to Tie the Foam-Butt Daddy

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Fix hook in vice and fasten the foam cylinder securely on top of the hook shank with several wraps of tying thread.
Fix hook in vice and fasten the foam cylinder securely
on top of the hook shank with several wraps of tying
thread.
Using a pair of sharp, long-bladed scissors make a long diagonal cut to shape the tail to length. Try to do this in one cut for a neat finish.
Using a pair of sharp, long-bladed scissors make a
long diagonal cut to shape the tail to length. Try to do
this in one cut for a neat finish.

This is what the tail looks like after the cut. The tail length should ‘look’ right in proportion to the size of the hook.
This is what the tail looks like after the cut. The tail length should ‘look’ right in proportion to the size of the hook.
Tie in the first set of pre-knotted pheasant tail fibre legs, either side of the tail. I often tie in two double strands at this stage.
Tie in the first set of pre-knotted pheasant tail fibre
legs, either side of the tail. I often tie in two double
strands at this stage.
Catch in the red game saddle hackle at the base of the foam cylinder. This will hackle the body after everything has been fastened into place.
Catch in the red game saddle hackle at the base of
the foam cylinder. This will hackle the body after
everything has been fastened into place.
Strip a pair of feathers from an Indian cape. Offer up to ensure that you have stripped them to the right length for the wings. Once fastened, trim the waste stalk.
Strip a pair of feathers from an Indian cape. Offer up to
ensure that you have stripped them to the right length
for the wings. Once fastened, trim the waste stalk.
Cock the wings into position and apply figure-of-eight turns of tying silk to position them correctly. Apply a small bead of cement to fasten them in place.
Cock the wings into position and apply figure-of-eight
turns of tying silk to position them correctly. Apply a
small bead of cement to fasten them in place.
At this point I like to tie in another pair of legs. But these middle legs are optional. My pal omits them and catches just as many fish as me on the Daddy.
At this point I like to tie in another pair of legs. But
these middle legs are optional. My pal omits them and
catches just as many fish as me on the Daddy.
Add another two legs, this time facing forward, separated and figure-of-eighted into place. Apply a drop of cement to ensure all is set into position.
Add another two legs, this time facing forward,
separated and figure-of-eighted into place. Apply a
drop of cement to ensure all is set into position.
Pick up the saddle hackle and hackle the body. Use your dubbing needle to push the legs out of the way while the hackle is being wound.
Pick up the saddle hackle and hackle the body. Use
your dubbing needle to push the legs out of the way
while the hackle is being wound.
Fasten off with thread at the eye of the hook, ensuring that the hackle is well fastened. Take a pinhead of cement and seal the thread at the eye of the hook.
Fasten off with thread at the eye of the hook, ensuring
that the hackle is well fastened. Take a pinhead of
cement and seal the thread at the eye of the hook.

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