Step-by-Step Photo Instructions on How to Tie "Banksia Bug" Fly

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Banksia Bug Recipe:
Hook: TMC 200R
Thread: Lt. Cahill and Olive
Bead: Black tungsten
Rib: X-Small black UTC and Small olive UTC
Body: Lt. Cahill and Olive tying thread
Legs: Gadwall
Thorax: Dk. grey ostrich herl and Whitlocks SLF dubbing (hellgramite)
Body: Loon UV Knot Sense
Step 1
Put appropriate sized black tungsten bead on TMC 200R hook (size 7/64 bead on #14 hook). To tie the Basalt version use a TMC 2499SP-BL hook.
Step 2
Using Lt. Cahill 6/0 Uni-Thread tie in both X-Small black UTC Ultra Wire and Small olive UTC Ultra Wire. Apply small amount of head cement to the wires to imarryi them together.
Step 3
Build a fat butt of the abdomen with the Lt. Cahill thread, then tie off and trim.
Step 4
Switch to olive Lagartun or UTC thread and continue building up the tapered abdomen, leaving a small amount of the light yellow butt exposed.
Step 5
Wrap the duel wires forward and tie off behind the black bead and trim both thread and wire.
Step 6
Coat entire abdomen with a liberal amount of Loon UV Knot Sense and set using UV light. This will immediately set up hard, but may have a slightly matt finish, so coat with thin layer of Hard-as-Hull head cement.
Step 7
Tie on legs using 3 or 4 fibers of Gadwall flank feather on either side.
Step 8
Tie in some exceptionally bushy, dark grey ostrich herl and wrap forward.
Step 9
Create small dubbing rope using Dave Whitlock SLF Hellgrammite.
Step 10
Wrap dubbing rope up to the black bead and whip finish. Apply small amount of head cement over knot.