kind of self-explanatory, right? We seem to have some impressive thread-wrappers that lurk around this board. let's try to keep your "first booger" posts at a minimum.
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By Muddled Duck
#391872
Here's the deal. Buddy of mine bought several of these from an Orvis store in New York, and he says they're the damnedest bream fly (they were sold as trout flys) he's ever used. Unfortunately he lost the last one over the weekend and all he has to show for it is a freezer full of bream filets and this shitty cell phone pic. About all I know for sure is that it has an antron tail, and my buddy doesn't know dubbing from peacock herl from jungle cock (he thinks jungle cock is a porn flick). Does anyone recognize the pattern from the blurry fucking photo?
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For your trouble and pain.
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By Muddled Duck
#391880
Thanks Spring. I'll forward the link to him to confirm or deny.
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By Springfed
#391892
Muddled Duck wrote:Thanks Spring. I'll forward the link to him to confirm or deny.

The link just shows some variations...it looks like the one in the picture is a beadhead variant.
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By Muddled Duck
#391895
Definitely beadhead. Between his description and the photo I was absolutely lost. I'll let y'all know if it's the sparkle pupa or water boatman. If it turns out to be either one I'll be forever in y'alls debt. He promised all duck season to bring one over for me to look at, but he forgot every time. The number of big bream he's caught on Guntersville and in farm ponds on the fly is incredible, and he's tried other similar bugs during those trips with only marginal success. There appears to be something about it uniquely attractive to big bluegill and shellcrackers.
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By Streamer
#391896
It is a Beadhead Deep Sparkle Pupa, originated by Gary LaFontaine. It's a great fly for 'gills and trout. I caught a retrad smallie on one in the New River.

Yer Pal,
Streamer
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By Vito
#391897
Those are lesbians...or maybe just bisexual...or they are just experimenting. I can't decide. Wait, what?
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By Muddled Duck
#391905
Confirmed sparkle pupa. Looks like I'll have to look it up for materials and construction. Hopefully it's as simple as it looks 'cause I'm going to have to tie a bunch of them pretty soon, and there are still turkeys to chase. I'm getting too old for this shit every day.
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By Streamer
#392119
Here Muddy Duck....Try this

Gary LaFontaine Bead Head Sparkle Pupa

Hook: 1 XL Nymph, Size 12 - 16
Bead: Gold, Size Appropriate to Hook Size
Thread: 6/0, Brown
Body: Touch-Dubbing, Brown
Trailing Shuck and Sheath: Antron, Ginger
Wing Pads: Brown Hackle Tips, about 6 barbs each side
Collar: Natural Ostrich Herl, 2 or 3 turns. You may substitute a few strands of marabou wrapped with the thread to reinforce it.

Here’s how I do it:

Slip the bead on the hook, up to the eye. Attach thread and wrap in tight turns down to the bend. Attach a strand of Antron yarn and let it trail off the bend for now. Make sure that the Antron yarn surrounds the hook shank. Chop up the dubbing into smaller bits than usual. You can scissor it into ¼” lengths if you don’t have a grinder. Wax the thread until it’s kinda gooey. You’ll need a sticky/tacky wax, like BT’s Dubbing Wax. Take a small ball of dubbing between your thumb and index finger, and touch it to the thread for about and inch or so. “That’s not enough dubbing!” you’ll shout. Let me explain it this way:
Shut up.
Wrap the perfectly dubbed thread up to 1/8” or so behind the bead and lock it there with a half-hitch or two.
Now, comb out that Antron you left at the bend, and pull it over the body of the fly, surrounding the dubbed shank in a veil or loose sheath. This should look a bit fat. Tie it off with two loose wraps on top of your half hitch. Take your bodkin and pull 6 - 8 strands of Antron loose from the top and sides, so that the strands trail behind, forming a trailing shuck. Now tighten the wraps and trim the extra Antron away.
Now add the wing pads and the collar, so that they butt up against the back of the bead, and tie off the thread behind the bead. Ta-Dahhhh! You’re done.
There are a kajillion color combos for this fly. The one I’ve done here and a bright green version are my two most effective. GLF actually wrote out and used something like 30 color combinations.

Yer Pal,
Streamer
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By Muddled Duck
#392128
Thanks very much Streamer. That may well be the very first written (with no pics) tutorial I've ever understood perfectly. I think I might actually be able to tie these things.
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