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Transformer

This is one of the patterns we learned from John Perry during one of our Round Table sessions.  It doesn't require much in materials and is relatively easy to tie.  It's also very versatile.  Depending on different colors and adjustments (which is all up to you), this fly can imitate virtually anything, from stoneflies to caddis to mayflies or even basic attractors.  It's a fun tie to learn, it floats well, and it has very solid track record with the fish.

Materials
White Antron
Red 6/0 thread
Burgundy dubbing
Grizzly hackle
Size 12 Dai Riki 730 hook

1. Cover the hook shank with one layer of thread, then work your way back toward the eye.
2. Apply antron post about 3/4 of the way from the bend to the eye.  Be sure to leave the parachute tall, as this will make wrapping a hackle around it much easier later on.
3. Add a sparse amount of dubbing, ranging from the bend of the hook to the front of the post, then finish with your thread ending just behind the post.  Take some more antron, and gently tie it right behind your post to create your wing.  Depending on what you wish to imitate, the wing length can vary.  In this example, I am going just beyond the bend of the hook.
4. Attach hackle, then attach more dubbing to your thread.
5. Wrap the dubbing generously around the post and tie it off toward the eye.  This pattern works best when the body starts thin at the bend of the hook and thickens toward the eye.  Be sure not to crowd the eye, though.  As you can see in this image, you can tie a lot of thread in at the front of this bug to give it a layered look.
6.  Take your hackle and wrap it around the base of the parachute post, and then tie it off.  The number of wraps is up to you, and you can go somewhat thick with it if you desire.  This is especially good if you want these bugs to float high on the water.
7.  Whip finish or tie off your thread and cut the post down to an appropriate size.  This is the final result and the general shape the fly should have.
8.  Splay out the wing and take a look at how the fly appears from underneath.  Whether or not your fly looks decent from the side, ultimately you want the appearance from the bottom to be at its best.