Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Step 1: Start with the thread even with the point of the hook, then wrap it forward the length of the rattle. Place the rattle so that the round end points forward and the back sits even with the point of the hook; wrap the rattle in place. Whip-finish in front of the rattle and then cover the thread wraps with a thin layer of cyanoacrylate.Jay Barracato
Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Step 2: Restart the thread just behind the rattle. Cut a length of Mylar cord long enough to cover the rattle with a little extra on both sides, and remove the core material from it. Slide the Mylar over the rattle and secure it at the rear with a couple of wraps, then whip-finish and glue. Restart the thread in front of the rattle, securing this end of the Mylar cord as well.Jay Barracato
Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Step 3: Hold the brass eyes so that they just touch the front of the rattle and secure with several figure-eight wraps, making sure they are straight. Add a few wraps of thread between the eyes and the rattle to lock them in place, and then glue.Jay Barracato
Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Step 4: Turn the fly over. Tie in a small bunch of white bucktail at the bend at the front of hook. Secure this bunch both in front of and behind the eyes. Next, tie in a mixture of 10 to 15 strands of Flashabou and Krystal Flash on top of the bucktail so that it extends 1¿4 to 1¿2 inch beyond it.Jay Barracato
Tying the Gonzo

Tying the Gonzo

Step 5: Place a bunch of chartreuse bucktail just forward of the previous bundle. Make a few loose wraps to hold it in place, but dont tighten yet. Using your index finger, push the hair down so that it encircles the first bunch of bucktail, and then secure. Build a smooth nose of thread over the ends of the bucktail and whip-finish. Finish with epoxy or Loon Hardhead.Jay Barracato