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 “marry” 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.
Watch the Tying Video!
(Note…the Banksia is a knarly tree native to eastern Australia, named after Sir Joseph Banks (botanist cir. 1800’s). A very popular children’s book “Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie” an Australian version of “The Wizard of Oz” features a creepy, evil character called a Banksia Man…that looks like the cone from the Banksia tree.)