HOOK: #2-6 Tiemco 700 or equivalent.
THREAD: Burnt orange 140-denier UTC Ultra Thread.
EYES: Painted dumbbell eyes.
BODY: Black and burnt orange marabou, natural red fox, or white fox tail fur dyed tan.
FLASH:Copper Flashabou, black Pearl Krystal Flash.
Home Invader Step 1
Place a small drop of Zap-A- Gap glue behind the hook eye. Wrap a short section of lead substitute wire over the glue, leaving space for the head. Tie in the dumbbell eyes approximately 2⁄3 of the hook shank toward the eye—on top of the wire. Adding Zap-A- Gap at the beginning and end of this sequence helps secure the wire and eyes tightly to the hook shank.
Home Invader Step 2
Match a pair of marabou plumes to three to four times the hook shank length, and tie them immediately behind the eyes. Trim off excess. The lighter color of the two plumes should be on the top (bottom on an inverted fly). In this case it’s burnt orange marabou on top, black on the bottom. For small Home Invaders, use about half a marabou plume of two different colors.
Home Invader Step 3
Cut off more fox fur than you think you need. Comb out the shorter hairs. Measure the fur to about 1/2 to 2⁄3 the length of the marabou. Spread the hair around the hook shank as evenly as possible, forming a complete skirt around the marabou. Use a loose gathering wrap of thread first, and then cinch the hair down on the second and third wraps. Cut off excess.
Home Invader Step 4
Move the thread to the gap between the wire and the hook eye, and repeat the previous step twice. The second bunch of fox fur should be slightly shorter than the one before it.
Home Invader Step 5
Tie in the Krystal Flash and Flashabou. I use pieces that are twice as long as I need, and fold them in half around the thread. Tie in a sized pair of neck hackles one at a time on the sides of the hook shank. The tips should extend to the end of the fly.