Saturday, May 11, 2019

Fly Tying: Sparkle Tail

The Sparkle Tail is a unnamed pattern that I stumbled across on the internet while searching for new shad patterns. I took an interest in this pattern because it didn't look it your typical shad dart. Curious about it's possible applications I tied a few up and swung it through my local river during the shad run. I was surprised to find this pattern outfishing many of my other shad patterns. After a successfully trial run I immediately went home and tied more.
The image I found that inspired the Sparkle Tail appears to have disappeared from the internet however I am sharing it so that it continues to live on.

Sparkle Tail

Material List
Daiichi - 2546 - Size 6
Uni-Thread - 6/0 - White
Bead chain - Silver
 Estaz - Chartreuse
 Krystal Flash - Pearl

Fly Tying Instruction
Step 1

Step 1: Start by adding bead chain eyes to the hook and secure with a figure eight wraps.

Step 2

Step 2: Make wraps towards the bend of the hook and tie in about 8 - 10 strands of krystal flash.

Step 3
Step 3: Tie in the estaz and make wraps towards the bead chain eyes. Make figure eight wraps with the estaz around the bead chain eyes. After you have the area fully covered make a few wraps around the eye of the hook and secure.

Step 4

Step 4: Whip finish to complete the pattern. Cut off the ends of the krystal flash so that you have about 3 - 4 inches left for the tail. Finished!

Extra Information
I believe that the long krystal flash tail in addition to the chartreuse estaz creates an excellent attractor for American Shad. I have had a lot of success with this simple pattern making it a staple in my fly box. 


  1. Is This UV Estaz or Regular? Thanks

    1. I believe I use UV estaz but I'm sure regular estaz would work too.

    2. Thanks for the quick reply. I am gearing up for the Shad as they are barely trickling in on the American. Do you know if they have hit the yuba yet?

    3. I have yet to get out for shad this year because of the high water so I'm uncertain if they've made it up that far. It might be tough with this long cold front coming in as well. Good luck out there hope you catch a few!