- Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:41 am
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:
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.
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