The Sparkle Larvae

January 22, 2009

Sparkle Larvae tied by W.F.F.

  • Hook: Dai-Riki 135 Scud Hook #16-#20
  • Thread: Any Color 8/0 or 70 Denier
  • Tail: 2 Strands of Krystal Flash at a 90 Degree Splay
  • Body: SM Gold Holo Tinsel
  • Rib: SM Gold Wire
  • Wing Case: Large Silver Tinsel
  • Thorax: Peacock Herl

For the life of me I cannot remember where I saw this pattern but it was engrained in my brain after reading about it. I should begin by saying that this is a variant on that patter stuck in my brain, in that some of the materials I used are a slightly different color.

Crimp barb, place bead on hook and start thread. I did add just a few turns of weight behind the bead prior to starting the thread. Tie thread back to hook bend and tie in two tail sections as long as the hook shank. I chose to use a red krystal flash in the picture above. Tie in the gold wire and then the holo tinsel, wrap thread forward to just behind the bead. Note: Tie in the wire and tinsel with as few thread wraps as possible to decrease the bulk at that point in the fly, you want it to look skiny and streamlined all the way to the thorax without a large bump at the tail end of the fly. Wrap the tinsel forward being careful not to break the tinsel and to cover the entire body leaving no thread showing. Wrap the rib to the same point and tie off. Tie in the thicker peice of tinsel and then the peacock herl. Wrap a few wraps of peacock herl to form the thorax and then tie of at the bead. Pull the thicker tinsel forward over the herl to form the wingcase and tie off. Whip finish and your done. If anyone knows where the real instructions for this pattern are let me know, for now this is what I’ve got.

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2 Responses to “The Sparkle Larvae”

  1. […] with a nice trail near by you can cover alot of ground quickly. I picked up a decent brown on the Sparkle Larva pattern I tie and felt vindicated knowing that my efforts to learn fly tying are paying off this […]

  2. […] hours this afternoon. I fished two rigs; the SMB on a short leader and a Stimulator with a trailing Sparkle Larva on a longer 12ft leader, the fish just nailed the Sparkle larva. Saw little to no bugs on the […]

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