Mathews' Sparkle Dun Baetis - Blue Winged Olive, Dun, 18
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When he created his now famous Sparkle Dun, Craig Mathews' decided he'd put some sparkle in the genealogy of a large attractor fly pattern introduced by Al Caucci and Bob Nastasi in their 1972 fly tying manual "Comparahatch." Caucci and Nastasi's fly pattern, called "The Comparadun," was a modernized variation of "The Haystack," a relatively simple fly constructed primarily of deer hair. When he tied the Sparkle Dun, Mathews added a Z-lon "shuck" to an already tweaked fly and forever left his mark on the angler's craft and on successful fly fishing.
Mathews' Sparkle Dun Baetis or Blue Winged Olive is hand tied by the professional production tyers at Umpqua Feather Merchants to imitate an adult Baetis or Blue Winged Olive mayfly. Its design allows it to be highly visible and extremely stable in the water, and the trailing Z-lon shuck adds a bit of extra realism as many adult mayflies.
- This fly pattern was developed by Craig Mathews, one of the world’s leading experts on fly fishing the greater Yellowstone area in the western United States
- The Sparkle Dun has its roots in two older flies: The Haystack and The Comparadun
- Trailing Z-lon shuck adds extra realism
- Baetis or Blue Winged Olive imitation in the adult life stage
- Use as either an impressionistic searching fly or as a realistic imitation when matching the hatch
- Hatches throughout North America occur throughout the year, but are most prolific during December and January
- Fish on a dead drift in medium to slow water adjacent to or below faster flows
- When targeting fish during a prolific hatch, cast upstream and drift through the main current
- Be sure to use lighter terminal tackle when fishing slower eddys and pools
- Cooler, overcast days can produce some of the best hatches of Baetis or Blue Winged Olive mayfly duns
- SIZE 18