In December, I wrote a post entitled What Flies to Tie. I talked about checking my list of flies I tied in 2018 to determine where to begin. A gentle nudge came to me in the form of a fly order which included a variety of Sparkle Dun mayflies. Not only am I tying dozens of Sparkle Duns for my customer, I’m taking the opportunity to fill a few holes in the provider box as well.

Sparkle Duns |

So I’ve been at my fly tying desk tying dozens of these great flies.

Here are a few remnants from tying them…empty Daiichi hook packages, thread spool, and a sad piece of deer hair.

Sparkle Dun Remnants |

I’m going to miss this piece of Sparkle Dun deer hair I purchased from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. Even though it looks small, I’d guess a couple hundred flies were tied using it.

I tie Sparkle Duns to imitate BWO’s, Callibaetis, PMD’s, and Green Drakes. It’s a fly I continue to have confidence in and it’s easy to tie.

Well, back to the vise. I hear Sparkle Duns calling my name!

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. John.. do you ever tie Wyatt’s Deer Hair Emerger as a change of pace… Very similar style fly… Han’s Weilenmann has good videos of tying this fly in two different ways…
    I’ve fished it along with your great sparkle duns and find them both effective…

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