View Full Version : Sulfur Sparkledun Tutorial

07-04-2011, 10:46 PM
First attempt at a fly tying tutorial. Let me know what you think.

My recent trip to the South Holston has inspired me to develop my sulfur dry patterns for a possible return trip. The subject of this tutorial is a Sulfur Sparkledun. Not to mention this could come in handy on the Clinch as well.


07-05-2011, 12:12 AM
Excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing! Would love to see more.

07-05-2011, 07:21 AM
Very nice tutorial and video. Great job on the camera use and at the vise.:smile: Thanks for sharing the pattern!

David Knapp
07-05-2011, 02:00 PM
Looks great Travis...I'm going to be tying up some of those for PMDs in Yellowstone and probably a couple other mayflies...

07-12-2011, 06:13 PM
Nice tutorial Travis. I always wonder how big a bundle of elk hair to clip off...looks like about the gap width...right?

07-12-2011, 09:15 PM

It isn't an exact science for sure, and I generally just eyeball it. Haven't really developed a rule-of-thumb for it, but that is something I will think about next time I tie one.

One thing that I have found that is very important is to have the correct type of hair. A fine deer hair, sometimes classified as coastal or summer, allows for more densely packed fibers and less splaying.

07-13-2011, 11:00 PM
Nice flick Travis:smile:

Joel O- always cut off about half again what you think you'll need. I would probably cut off about enough hair to equal the diameter of a pencil. By the time you remove the under fur, pull out the short pieces, and the ones with broken tips you'll have about the right amount. :smile:

07-14-2011, 07:17 PM
Thanks Flyman...I'll try your suggestion.

Travis...I think I have some costal but its fairly dark and I have some trouble seeing it in the water. I have some bleached EH, but its not as fine ... oh well, time to experiment.

07-15-2011, 11:40 PM
You could not be more right on deer hair selection. I learned that the hard way. When I first started tying I bought bleached deer hair with no regard to quality. The hair was to thick and it must have been taken from the belly because it was curved. Just because it says short/fine does not make it so. Needless to say that my first foray into comp duns was tragic at best. I eventually stumbled across truly straight and short/fine hair. All I can say is WOW what a difference. I actually destroyed my first flies and reused the hooks.

The second thing I learned about deer hair was the under fur and how much there is in deer hair. I thought it would be a couple whacks with a stacker, check the tips, and run a comb through the hair. Wrong!! its more like WHACK, COMB, WHACK, COMB, WHACK, COMB. When in doubt whack some more. When all the fuzz is out of the deer hair the bundle is normally about half the original size.

I know its a lot of work to get the under fur out but it makes the wing very tight and neat and slims the body down for the profile.

Its just my 2 cents and hope it shortens the curve for a hair newbie.