I tied up the first something-or-other in November and have been using it since for native Brookies as well as wild Brown Trout. It is a killer fly.
These flies can be tied with a bead head if you prefer it. I start o with a size 8 or 10 Mustad Nymph/Wet Fly hook. This one is a size 10. The thread is either black or red 6/0. Black seams to be preferred in non-bead head patterns.
Tie in four fibers from darker pheasant tail for the tail. They should be roughly the length of the hook shank.
The body is medium copper wire. It can be red or green, but I prefer lighter copper tones for this pattern. The body should be 2/3rds of the hook shank. Trim cleanly.
The dubbing I use is a very course, reflective, black synthetic. Options include seal's fur and ground craft fur.One pinch is suitable.
The hackle should be the darkest feather from a pheasant crest. The best have a purple metallic sheen. The size should be a bit larger than normally used for soft hackled flies. Pull back fibers from the tip, and pluck of the longer fibers so as to have only 30 or so.
I tie my soft hackles in by the tip. If this is not your preferred method it is obviously not necessary.
Wrap to the bare quill and tie in. Push back the stray fibers and wrap back the thread tho form a head and push the hackle back a little bit. Whip finish and cement.