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Fly of the Month

June 2014  



                                                                                                SPARKLE DUN


Tying mayfly imitations with a trailing shuck has proven to be highly productive for taking trout.  One of the easiest to tie and certainly most effective is the Sparkle Dun.  This pattern was developed over twenty five years ago at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone MT.  This fly is really nothing more than a Comparadun with zelon used in place of the divided tail.  It can be tied in sizes and colors to imitate just about any mayfly.  Craig Mathews has a method of tying in the deer hair wing that increases its durability and keeps the wing standing upright.  This method can be viewed at :



                                          Hook  : Dry fly, size to match natural

                                          Body  :  Use your favorite dubbing to match

                                                        the  natural

                                           Wing  :  Deer hair tied Comparadun style

                                          Tail  :  Zelon, tied as a trailing shuck

                                                       One half to one body length

                                                      Brown for dark bodied flies

                                                      Amber for light bodied flies


Alan Bowers

Fly tied by Alan Bowers


Sparkle Dun

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