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SPARKLING SAND EEL
Photographs And Instructions By Chris Windram
Welcome to the sixth edition of the SaltwaterFlies.Com Fly Tying
Theatre! In these pages we hope to bring you tying instructions for some
of our favorite saltwater flies. Here are my instructions for making the
Sparkling Sand Eel..
Hook: Mustad 34011; #2.
Thread: Danville Flymaster; Fluorescent Yellow.
Wing: White bucktail and fl. chartreuse bucktail.
Flash: Polarflash; Green Pearl (or Krystal Flash).
Body: E-Z Shape Sparkle Body; Pearl and Fluorescent Chartreuse
Eyes: E-Z Shape Sparkle Body; Pure Fluorescent Yellow and Pure Black.
Gill Markings: E-Z Shape Sparkle Body; Pure Red Gill.
Color Variations: Olive/White.
Firmly fasten the hook in the vise.
Tie in sparse clump of white bucktail. The length of the bucktail that
extends beyond the hook bend should be as long as the entire hook. The
butt ends of the bucktail should be lashed down all the way to the hook
eye. This will provide an underbody for the coating of E-Z Shape Sparkle
Tie in a few strands of green Polarflash
(or Krystal Flash), then tie in a clump of Fl. Chartreuse bucktail on top
of the white bucktail. Once again, lash the butt ends of this bucktail down
all the way to the hook eye.
Pick up the Pearl color of E-Z Shape
Sparkle Body. Give the bottle a few shakes. Test the bottle on a piece of
scrap paper to make sure that the product is flowing freely. Have a paper towel handy in case
Apply the E-Z Shape Sparkle Body along the
hook shank. This will form the thin body of the completed sand eel, so take
care not to coat the fly too heavily. A rotary vise can help you to create
an even coat of 'Sparkle Body.
Using the Fluorescent Chartreuse color of
E-Z Shape Sparkle Body, apply a stripe on top of the fly. This will match
the chartreuse bucktail in the wing and help to imitate the dorsal coloration of the
fly. This two-tone color scheme is very attractive to saltwater gamefish.
Remember to print out this page to take with you to your vise.
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