This is a pattern that comes out of experience. The fluffy cork-floating patterns that works well on faster streams, don’t always to the trick when the waters are opposite – slow, clear and shallow.
The special twist with this pattern is the rather long and heavy shuck and the rabbit foot wing. The pattern passes the test for easy tying. Once you get hold of it, you’ll tie it in fifteen minutes.
When tying it, remember to use wax on the thread throughout. A dry wax for the hair, and when touch dubbing use a sticky wax.
It is also ok to tie it on a size 10 hook, although size 8 is more closely to the natural. I do both. I use the Tiemco 200R on this fly. It works perfectly, but I guess you can use several alternatives. The Mustad equivalent is perfect, and you could try to tie it on a long shank straight dry fly hook.