Tying Instructions: Sparkle Dun

1. Attach the thread behind the eye and lay a foundation over the front half of the shank. Bring the thread to the 1/3 position on the shank.
Step One
2. Clip a small patch of comparadun deer hair. Clean off the underfur and even the tips in a stacker. Measure the hair against the shank length. the wing should be about the same as the shank length. Attach the hair to the top of the shank with 6-10 tight wraps that will flare the hair.
Step Two
3. Apply two thread wraps between the wing hairs evenly spaced. These wraps will keep the hair from slanting forward. Apply some additional wraps in front of the wing to prop these hairs up.
Step Three
4. Lift up on the butt ends of the wing hair and clip these off with a slanted cut towards the rear. You can adjust the cut to adjust the desired taper you want.

Step Four
5. Wrap the butt ends with thread wraps, covering all of the hairs. Wrap to the tail tie-down position just above the barb of the hook. Step Five
6. Attach a small section of Z-lon material for the shuck. The length of the Z-lon should be about the same as the shank length. You can vary the amount of material for the shuck, however, you don't need much to achieve the illusion of the shuck.
Step Six
7. Wrap the butt ends of the z-lon to where it meets the butt ends of the wing. Apply thread wraps to achieve a smooth tapereed body. Finish with the thread at the tail tie-in position. Step Seven
8. Dub the thread with a small amount of Superfine dubbing by twisting the material around the thread. With a wrap or two, you will lock these fibers to the shank and addtional twisting of the material will tighten against the thread to create a firm body when you wrap.
Step Eight
9. Wrap the dubbing forward to the wing
Step Nine
10. Apply some more dubbing to the thread and wrap in front and behind the wing. Then finish your dubbing by tapering forward to the eye of the hook.
Step Ten
11.Whip finish the fly. Now tease the hair with your bodkin to orient the hair in a semi-circle plane. Remove any hairs that are below the shank.
Step Eleven
12. Finished Fly.
Step Twelve

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