Rondeau's Beadhead Soft Hackle

February, 2016

Beadhead Soft Hackle by Chuck Rondeau

	                     Fly Pattern: Rondeau's Beadhead Soft Hackle

    Fly Originator and History:  This is a fusion of the Queen Of The Waters and 
    Knudsen Spider flies, tied by artist/fly tyer Chuck Rondeau.

    Suggested line and leader:  Floating line with a sink tip.
    Suggested retrieve:  Dead drift or strip.
    Depth: Subsurface. 
    Comments:  This is a great cutthroat fly. Use a larger hook for searun cutts.

                                Fly Material
    Hook:  #12 nymph hook, 2X long (Tiemco TMC 5262 or equivalent)
    Bead: 3/32" black metal bead
    Thread: Black, Uni 8/0.
    Tail: Red goose shoulder.
    Rib: Silver wire, medium.
    Body:  Gold, French silk floss.
    Hackle: Partridge.
    Head cement: Hard As Hull, or equivalent.

                                Tying Steps

    1. Slip the bead onto the hook before mounting on the vise.

    2. Tie on a thread base, building up a "dam" behind the bead to secure it. Then 
    run the thread to the bend (just above the barb), and back to the bead.

    Note: As you tie-in the materials, leave a little space behind the bead to 
    accommodate the partridge hackle.

    3. Tail. The tail should be about a hook-shank's length. Select a few slips of 
    red goose and tie them in from the bead to the bend.

    4. Rib. Run the thread back to the bead and tie in the silver wire from the bead 
    to the bend.

    5. Body. The body should be 'cigar-shaped' (tapered at both ends), Tie in the floss 
    from the bead to the bend, leaving the thread at the bead. Then wrap the floss back 
    and forth, building up a body that is tapered at both ends. Tie off the floss 
    at the bead, cutting off the excess.

    6. Rib. Counter wrap the silver wire towards the bead, giving it about 5-wraps. Tie 
    off the wire and cut off the excess.

    7. Hackle. Select and prepare a partridge feather that, when tied in, will extend 
    just beyond the end of the hook (as shown in the picture above). Tie in hackle's 
    tip right behind the bead. Moisten the fibers and stroke them rearward. Form a 
    hackle collar, giving it about 2 or 3 wraps.  Tie off the hackle and cut off the excess.

    8. Tie in a whip finish right behind the eye and apply head cement.

		          Rick Shadforth 05/28/16