I’ve been in Maui the last couple of weeks and will return home later this week and get back to filling several fly orders. But I brought some fly tying materials and made time to tie a few BWO Improved Sparkle Duns for the provider box. That’s what my wife calls the storage boxes I fill with all the flies I tie.
Tying flies in Hawaii isn’t uncommon for me at all. I usually pack a vise, tools, and materials in the off chance the weather is wet for several days. (Be sure to check out my Tying Flies in Paradise post.)
So I decided to be a minimalist fly tyer this year and take only a few materials with me – Zelon, thread, dubbing, and deer hair. Yes, you guessed it. These are the ingredients for Sparkle Duns.
I fish Sparkle Duns to imitate Blue Wing Olives, Pale Morning Duns, March Browns, Green Drakes, Callibaetis…in other words, any mayfly I find on a river or lake.
So I tied a few dozen size 16 BWO Improved Sparkle Duns during my time on Maui.
Early morning before the wind started to blow was the best time to tie on the lanai. I would enjoy the sunrise, make a cup of coffee, catch up on a few emails, and then tie a few flies. Not a bad routine, is it?
The last thing I wanted to mention is a soft hackle feather source.
I’ve been trying to get feathers off one of these birds for several years as I watch them walk along the beach. The bird really reminds me of the Golden Plover skin I have at home. I’m only kidding. Well, I would pick up a feather if I saw one …
Until next time…aloha!