Sparkle Blue Zulu


Palmered wet flies have a long history as effective attractor-type patterns, imitating nothing in particular but nevertheless provoking strikes from predatory trout. The Sparkle Blue Zulu's blue head and hackle can make it an effective fly on cloudy days. For more on this type of fly, see Jeff Morgan's article Palmered Wet Flies

How to Fish

Count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. Also, a wind drift works well in lakes.

Fish at all depths until you find the right one, but most of the time you should be fishing somewhere between two to six feet deep.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in red flashabou tail.

3. Tie in oval tinsel, then black hackle (tip first).

4. Dub seal fur body.

5. Wrap hackle to front of fly, making 2-3 extra wraps at head of fly. Tie off and trim.

6. Counterwrap oval tinsel through hackle, wiggling tinsel as it is wrapped to avoid trapping hackle fibers.

7. Tie in blue hackle, make 2-3 wraps, tie off and trim.

8. Blend blue and pearl Lite Brite and loosely dub a small amount at the head.

9. Whipfinish, trim and cement. Pick out any trapped hackle fibers from the body.

HOOK: Dai Riki 070 or Mustad 3906


TAIL: Red Flashabou

BODY: Dubbed black seal fur

HACKLE: Black cock hackle

RIBBING: Fine silver tinsel

THROAT HACKLE: Blue cock hackle

HEAD: Blue and pearl Lite Brite blended and loosely dubbed