Hook- AJ soft hackle hook #11
Thread- Rusty brown MFC 8/0
Tail- Wood duck flank
Body- Wood duck flank wrapped
Rib- MFC midge body thread- #740 rust
Hackle- Bleached Starling
Wing- Fox squirrel tail
Start the thread near the eye and wind back the point or so.
Tie in about 6-8 wood duck flank fibers. Take one turn on top, one under to lift the fibers and then one in front of those two. Dont cut the butts!
Tie in the rib and bring the thread to about two hook eyes from the eye, tying in the rib as you go.
Wind the wood duck the opposite way you wind the thread.
Now twist the mfc midge body thread to tighten it. Then rib the body. 4-5 ribs are good.
From near the base of the fox squirrel tail, cut yourself some dubbin, this stuff is great.
Dub yourself a thorax. I like to dub back over the body a little. Be sure to leave plenty of room for the hackle and hair wing.
Tie in the starling by the tip. For a fly this size one of the back feathers will work nicely. Strip off the fluff and excess hackle.
Wind the hackle two- three turns.
Whip finish and varnish the head. You know have a Foxy Starling.