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 ScottP
#578165
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Howard Cole's thinly veiled take on LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa - a Bubble Boy in a shuck.


hook - Dai Riki 320 #16
thread - Uni 8/0 olive dun
shuck - Congo Hair amber
overbody - Sparkle Yarn olive
abdomen - dubbing olive
thorax - Mercury glass bead silver
wing - deer hair


Mash down barb, slide on bead; start thread at 60% mark

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tie in shuck; fold, wrap back to bend and trim

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tie in sparkle yarn

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dub abdomen

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push bead back against abdomen, take a thread wrap over/in front of bead; pull sparkle yarn forward over/around the top half

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push it back slightly to create a bulge; tie off in front of bead and trim

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clean, stack, measure (tips extend to bend) a clump of deer hair; trim to length and tie in

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half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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semi-ventral

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Last edited by ScottP on Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:15 am, edited 2 times in total.
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By BigCliff
#578182
Dude, I think that looks pretty genius, and a bit easier to keep afloat than a trad ESP.

Quick question- why not just use the sparkle yarn for the shuck as well?
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By ScottP
#578234
BigCliff wrote:Quick question- why not just use the sparkle yarn for the shuck as well?
I like having 2 different colors for no particular reason; using a single hank and separating some fibers for the shuck would probably work as well, and save a step.
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By RFA
#578276
I like this pattern as well, but (as with the last fly I commented on), the added plastic bead seems to thwart a lot of the flies buoyancy, especially when fished for awhile. Once this thing is taken by a fish or two, I assume that it will need considerable shake/drying so it won't sink the second it lands.
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By ScottP
#578281
RFA wrote:I like this pattern as well, but (as with the last fly I commented on), the added plastic bead seems to thwart a lot of the flies buoyancy, especially when fished for awhile. Once this thing is taken by a fish or two, I assume that it will need considerable shake/drying so it won't sink the second it lands.
I have fished this fly a bit (unlike Hogan's Wingman) and while it's not a high floater, a couple false casts put it back on top after a fish eats it; I also tie the wing a little denser than I would for an EHC or CDC & Elk.
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By BigCliff
#578359
RFA wrote:I like this pattern as well, but (as with the last fly I commented on), the added plastic bead seems to thwart a lot of the flies buoyancy, especially when fished for awhile. Once this thing is taken by a fish or two, I assume that it will need considerable shake/drying so it won't sink the second it lands.
I know part of what LaFontaine was going for with the original ESP is the appearance of an air bubble trapped in/on the emerging critter, and I assumed the bead is intended to enhance that effect. http://www.flyfishusa.com/flies/cadlarva.htm

I'd think the bead needs to either have the silver core or a pearly coating to pull that off.

Even if it makes it more likely to sink, the reflectivity of the bead might help it produce more on a Leisenring lift.
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By ScottP
#578362
BigCliff wrote:
RFA wrote:I'd think the bead needs to either have the silver core or a pearly coating to pull that off.
It is; updated that in the materials list

Haha....so typical.

whatcha tying?

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