Cajun Tickler
By Dirk Burton





























Materials:

Size 14 streamer hook
8/0 thread
1/8 gold bead
Rayon embroidery thread in two contrasting colors
Round rubber legs
Peacock herl
Grizzly hackle fibers


Begin by opening the gap of the hook a bit with pliers. Bend the hook shank down somewhat to make
a more bug like body shape. Place the bead on the hook and slide it up to the eye

Start the thread behind the bead and wrap back into the hook bend. Tie in four or five grizzly hackle
fibers.

Tease out one or two strands of thread (there are six in each piece of rayon) from a six inch piece of
the rayon weaving material. Tie in along the side of the hook shank from the back to just about the
halfway point of the shank. Repeat with the other section of rayon on the other side of the hook. Tie
in a half hitch and cut off so you can begin weaving.

Use the overhand knot weave to make an abdomen up to the halfway point on the shank. Start your
tying thread again and secure both pieces of weaving material. Trim the ends and put in another half
hitch.

Wrap your thread forward 3 or four turns and tie in a strand of peacock herl. Allow it to lie out past
the rear of the hook.

Cut the rubber legs into three one inch sections. Lay the first one across the top of the hook just
forward of the woven section, and tie it in using light thread tension with a figure eight wrap. It should
resemble a wing on an airplane.  After it is secure, make a couple of regular wraps around the shank
and slip in another section of leg on the near side of shank and tie this in with medium pressure.
Repeat on the far side with the last section of leg.  From above, the legs should resemble an X with a
cross bar bisecting them. Wrap forward making sure not to alter the pattern the legs are splayed in.  
Place a drop of head cement on top of the legs to secure them in this shape.

Palmer the peacock herl around, over and between the legs until it is behind the bead. Tie it in and
trim the end off the herl. Whip finish, and apply head cement.
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