Here is the fly pattern sheet for the $3 Dip.
With gold bead
With a black bead
With a nickel bead
With fluorescent orange wire
Daiichi 1120 or TMC 2487, #14 – 18
Danville brown 6/0 – 70 denier (number 47)
Black, gold, or nickel brass or tungsten bead to fit hook
Small wire – gold, silver, fluorescent orange
- Place bead on hook. For proper size, see Bead Conversion Table.
- Tie on thread behind bead with a few wraps.
- Tie on wire.
- Wrap thread to bend of hook, holding wire downward to keep on bottom. Bring thread forward to bead, then back towards hook point. Continue wrapping up and down hook shank multiple times to create taper.
- Spiral wire forwards, using 5 – 7 wraps, ending at bead.
- Cut several deer hair fibers from hide and eliminate underfur. Tie in butt ends and cover with thread.
- Whip finish.
- Trim deer hair to about 1/3 of body length.
Note: The Danville Brown thread is key to this fly’s success.
If you’d like more information about the $3 Dip, check out a blog I wrote entitled – Serendipity and $3 Dip. It includes a link to Craig Mathews tying the $3 Dip.