Spundun SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    After goofing around with the Skitterbug, I thought I'd try to apply that concept to Art Sheck's neat Spundun mayfly; couldn't get it to work properly, though, so I figured I'd tie up a Spundun anyway. The clipped deer hair provides a nice, built-in pfd.

    hook - Dai Riki 320 #14
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    tail - hackle fibers ginger
    body - goose biot tan
    wing - deer hair



    mash barb, attach thread at 70% mark, wrap back to point above barb and create a thread bump

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    pull off a clump of hackle fibers and even tips

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    measure (shank length) and tie in

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    wrap back to thread bump to force tail to proper tilt and splay angle

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    tie in biot (notch side down to create ribbed body)

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    trim hackle butts at initial tie-in spot and wrap thread forward to create smooth underbody

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    wrap biot forward and tie off at 70% mark

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    clean & stack a clump of deer hair

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    measure for length (hook shank), trim butts and lay on top of hook at 70% mark

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    2 soft loops, pull firmly

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    and allow deer hair to spin around hook shank

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    push hair back with finger (make sure it's evenly dispersed around hook)

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    pull hair back and wrap head, forcing deer hair back

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    half hitch x2, trim thread, SHHAN

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    trim out bottom hair fibers, creating the pfd

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    a done dun

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    i love this one, will be tyin some later today. thanks again for a wonderful SBS scott.
     
  3. Patrick Gould

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    I agree. I'll be trying some of these.
     
  4. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I also like this one... regardless of the deer hair ( :) )... it's almost like a biot body compara-dun.
     
  5. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Nice one, Scott. I'll have to have my wife tie up a few. (Like GAT, I am deer hair challenged. VEE, though, is really good at it.)
     
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    very nice tie
     
  7. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Started tying up a bunch of Drake Mackerals and found that wing first seems to speed up the process a bit; easier for me to spin the deer hair on a clean hook shank.

    hook - Dai Riki 320 #12
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    tail - Congo Hair brown
    rib - Uni stretch brown
    body - Aussie possum
    wing - deer hair



    mash barb, tie in thread at point a bit more than one hook eye width back from front

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    clean and stack a good-sized clump of deer hair; probably more than you'd normally use with a Sparkle/Compara Dun since you don't have to worry about trying to cover the butt ends (I don't tie Sparkle Duns because mine stink so that's just a guess)

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    measure for length (hook shank)

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    swap hands and trim; lay deer hair at tie in point with about 1 hook eye width towards the back

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    2 soft loops

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    gently pull tight and let the hair spin around the hook, leaving a nice sized pfd/thorax

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    tie in Congo Hair

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    tie in rib

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    wrap both back to hook bend

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    trim tail (body length); Fall Drakes have a fat, err... full-sized body so I'll sub dubbing instead of the biot body

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    first wrap behind rib

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    dub right up against the deer butts

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    twist the Uni-stretch tight, rib body and tie off

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    move thread back to wing tie in point, push deer hair back with finger; should be a pretty even 360 around the hook

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    pull deer hair back and create thread dam/head

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    whip finish; trim hair on underside

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    SHHAN and you're dun


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    Probably not a real rough water fly, although I fished some active pocket water with it Saturday and it did fine (fish ate it, too). I can get these down to a #16 okay, anything smaller and mine don't come out as well.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
  8. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Nicely done. I tie biot-bodied sparkle duns, but trying to taper the body so that the biot goes over the deer hair butts is a bit tricky. Putting the deer hair over the biot makes a lot of sense.
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  9. ScottP

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    That's how Charlie Craven ties a Comparadun in his Basic Flytying book (blatant plug alert), and he leaves the butts trimmed but uncovered. I tied a few of those up and they looked better than my Sparkle Duns (of course, anything looked better than those flies), but I still had problems getting the wing to cant properly; I seem to do better with the Spundun.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  10. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    I'll be tying these flies in the future, thanks!
     

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