1. Take the rib material and palmer it forward in tight wraps. Be careful on the first wrap that it does not mess up the tail. Some times a rib can catch the tail material and bend it at an odd angle. It helps to pull rib forward before you start wrapping. When we palmer a rib over certain delicate materials(i.e. floss, pheasant tail, etc.), it is best to counter wrap so that rib is goes across abdomen material. That way, if a fish tooth cuts some abdomen materials, it can not unravel.
2. Make sure wraps are evenly spaced and do not cover your abdomen material.
3. Tie off with 5 or 6 wraps of thread. Make sure on nymphs with a separate abdomen and thorax (i.e. pheasant tail, hare's ear), you wrap past where the thorax begins so there is no gap. On nymphs that are full bodied (i.e., prince, zugbug), be sure you do not go all the way to eye but leave room for wings and/or hackle.
4. Cut excess. I use a cheap pair of scissors for this since many rib materials are metal and will dull a good pair in no time.

You are now ready to tie in wingcase for:

pheasant tail and hare's ear


Light Cahill, Adams Dry,ElkHair Caddis, Wooly Bugger, Pheasant Tail
Hare's Ear,BWO Parachute, Prince, Red Quill, Royal Wullf, Irresistable