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These are Sparkle Pupa patterns, with a bit of a twist , from Montana guide and tier Eric Slagle that appeared in the Spring 2006 Issue of FLY TYER MAGAZINE (ppgs. 20-29).. I have been using these guys, both the Deep and Emerger variants, since Spring 2007. All I will say is that it is worth the effort to add this version of Gary LaFontaine’s original to one’s Caddis arsenal. So  let’s begin…

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Michael…likin’ some Deep Sparkle Pupa, in Green, on the East Walker River…

EWR CADDIS TIME -1-

Just about SPARKLE TIME…and these guys… 

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LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa:

HOOK: 1X-long,heavy wire nymph hook for tying the Deep Sparkle Emerger (beaded or unbeaded). a 1X- long,fine-wire hook for the Emergent Sparkle Pupa. Hook sizes #18- #8

THREAD: 16/0,14/0, 8/0 or 6/0 color to match the underbody. Use Tiemco 16/0 (dubbing loop) or UTC 70 denier when applying CDC using split-thread technique

UNDERBODY: A blend of Antron and Superfine dubbing

VEIL: Antron dubbing for hook sizes #18 -#12, Zelon for sizes #10 and #8

WING: Pale deer for the Ginger and Cinnamon Emergent Sparkle Pupa and  medium or dark deer hair for all other patterns

WING PAD: Hen saddle hackle fibers for the Deep Sparkle Pupa, color to match thehead *(Note) I will use Partridge, Grouse or Lemon Wooduck as alternatives

HEAD: Superfine Dubbing, color to match the head *(note) I will use Brass or Tungsten colored beads

 

COLOR SCHEMES FOR THE SPARKLE PUPA:

Brown & Yellow Sparkle Pupa

DUBBING:

One-half golden tan Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

VEIL:

One-half golden tan Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth golden stone Antron

One-Quarter white Antron

Brown & Green Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half blue grass Antron

One-half caddis green Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half olive damsel Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth dark olive Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Brown Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half chesnut Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half chesnut Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Ginger Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half squirrel belly Antron

One-halh light cahill Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half cahill cream Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

One-eighth golden stone Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Dark Gray Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half hare’s ear Antron

One-half Adams gray Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half charcoal gray Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth har’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

These are the basic color schemes Eric laid out. He suggests that one may play around with the color mixes to mimic particular Caddis that may be present in other areas – just keep white or clear Antron, in a one-quarter proportion, in the veiling mixture. Here is my Cinnamon for those little guys on the East Walker River:

Cinnamon Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half March brown Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half ginger variant Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

One-quarter white Antron

 

I also concocted some other veil and abdomen mixtures for the two Glossosoma species below. Those will appear in the pattern recipes. No other  material comes close to Antron’s fineness, for the veiling on smaller Sparkle Pupa – use it!

 

MAKING TOUCH-DUBBING:

ANTRON SF DUB -1-

The main ingredients for the veil and abdomen:

 

TOUCH DUB -1-

1.Align equal amounts of Antron and Superfine dubbing using the large teeth, then small teeth on the above pet comb

TOUCH DUB -2-

2. Cut each bunch of dubbing into 1/4 inch long pieces with some very sharp scissors

TOUCH DUB -3-

3. Blend the dubbings together – a couple of taps will do

PREPARING THE VEIL OF THE SPARKLE PUPA:

VEIL -1-

1. Select small bunches of Antron dubbing in the color scheme of choice

VEIL -2-

2. Roughly mix the colors together

VEIL -3-

3. Firmly grasp the roughly blended Antron between your thumb and fore-finger. Aggressively brush the coarse-toothed portion of the comb through the Antron. Continue combing the Antron, each time grasping more fibers between the thumb and fore-finger. (I put the bunch on my leg to really go at it) Turn  the clump and continue combing. Use the fine-toothed side to remove all stray fibers. (I do a final light run with the upper comb) The result will be a nice, neat bunch of Antron fibers of similar length. 

 

 *TYING SEQUENCES*

 

DEEP SPARKLE PUPA (Brown) – Weighted/ Beadless – SBS…Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

DSP -1-

1. Add about 6-8 turns of lead or tungsten wire to the hook shank. Cover the hook shank and wire with a layer of thread; make a fe wraps into the hook bend. Tie in the veil (I do a section on each side of the hook shank then use a half-hitch to secure). Trim the excess.

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2. Add touch dubbing to the thread (hold dubbing in left hand, moisten fingers then thread and lightly twist a *very small amount*of dubbing on the thread, do this 5-6 times. Turn the thread *counter-clockwise – to lock the dubbing onto the thread ten advance forward, leaving room for the wing pads and head.

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3.  Splay the veil fibers around the underbody; try to brush the fibers straight forward. Hold the veil in place with two loose wraps of thread.*Gently* pull out some of the fibers, with a dubbing needle, to create an even, oblong veil. Tighten the loose wraps add two additional wraps, cut the excess and add a half-hitch.

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4. Tie hackle fibers on each side of the pattern at a slight downward angle to imitate wing pads, half-hitch.

DSP BROWN FIN -1-

6. Now add a small pinch of Superfine dubbing (or other dubbing to match the abdomen color -( this is Nature’s Spirit, Dark Honey emergence, dubbing), half -hitch and whip finish. Cut tying thread and add a tiny drop of Hard As Hull. Put a needle in the hook eye while the head cement dries.

 

*TYING SEQUENCE*

 

EMERGENT SPARKLE PUPA (Brown)…SBS…Partridge, Hooper Long Shank, 4x Fine, #14 – #16…

ESP -1-

1. As in the above sequence with the veil surrounding the abdomen and half-hitched

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2. *First, cut a half-dozen fibers  from the front of the fly, at two or three points to make the shuck – KEEP IT SPARSE*, gently pull them towards the rear of the pattern and twist. Then  tie in a small bunch of cleaned and stacked deer hair fibers for the wing. Half- hitch.

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3. Apply a small bunch of Superfine dubbing to the thread, and wrap the head. Whip-finish and clip the thread.

ESP -4-

4. Use a sharp hobby knife to cut a dozen veil fibers in half. Repeat this at several locations around the veil.

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5. Finished and ready for H20…

 

*VARIATION*

 

GX DEEP SPK PUPA -1-

GX (Glossosoma califica) DEEP SPARKLE PUPA (A Personal Project) …

HOOK: TMC 3761, Daiiachi 1560, #16

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Thorax forward

VEIL:

One-half chocolate brown Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

one-quarter white Antron

ABDOMEN: Russett DNA Holo Fusion – 1 flash fiber 8-10 non flash fibers

WING PADS: English Grouse

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock fiber, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Plummet Tungsten Bead, 3/32″, Metallic Brown
GX SPKL PUPAS -3-

Glossosoma calificas…

An imitation, of what Ralph Cutter, calls the most important Caddis in the Sierras…

G2X DEEP SPKL PUPA -4-

G2X (Glossosoma alacense) DEEP SPARKLE PUPA …

HOOK:  TMC 3761, Daiichi 1560

THREAD: Tiemco,16/0, White Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16.0, Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

VEIL:

One-half chocolate brown Antron

One-eighth rust Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

ABDOMEN: 1 strand flash, 8-10 strands non-flash Pink DNA Holo Fusion

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Fiber, Brown, Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, 3/32′, Metallic Brown

DSPs GLOS A -1-

G2X(s)…

 

*TYING SEQUENCE CDC ABDOMEN*

 

CDC (Abdomen) EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense

CDC ESP -1-

1. Pick out a selection of CDC feathers that have fibers approximately the same length. Remove both ends of each feather, leaving only the long and even fibers on the side of each stem. Split the thread with a bodkin (dubbing needle) if using Utc 70 denier or make a dubbing loop if using Tiemco 16/0. Stack and stagger 2-4 feathers (depends on hook size) in the split thread or loop. Remove finger from the loop and allow the bobbin to close the thread (or in this case, pinch the dubbing loop with yer’ fingers on the left hand). 

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2. Use sharp, long-bladed scissors to trim the CDC approximately 3/16′ long extending perpendicular from both sides of the thread. Spin the bobbin (or dubbing twister) counter-clockwise to lock the CDC fibers in the thread.

CDC ESP -3-

3. Wrap the fibers up the hook shank to make the underbody of the fly.

CDC ESP FIN -1-

FINISHED EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense – Partridge, Hooper Long Shank, 4x Fine, #16… 

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Materials for EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense…

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EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA(s) – Glossosoma alacense

The above Emergent Sparkle Pupa and the Deep Sparkle version is for the cousin that makes it’s appearance in waters we fish around YNP…

I and my guys have tested Eric’s variation out in a lot of the places we visit…they work. Tie some up, keeping the veils sparse. Then, go into a Fly Shop and compare what you have tied to that which is available… commercially…There is no going back !!!

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A Rainbow reward… on the East Walker River…

 

NEXT: Not a lawn DART

 

 

PT/TB 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another new product from Spirit River that will find it’s way into some Spring patterns I have in my head…

Spirit River Halo Wire…

“This is a very fine gold wire with a creamy-clear vinyl coating. It gives a very realistic segmentation and a slight glow emits from under the body. This wire is prefect for wets and nymphs bodies in sizes 10 thru 16. It also takes a marker well so the options are endless.”

I have already seen a Caddis Larva tied with this material…very interesting…in fact, it kinda’ looked lie this:

HALO LARVA, #14-#16…(1.14.2012)…MORE on this later…

PT/TB

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Walter just ties great patterns!!! Here are some Caddis from the Clacka Family that he put up on the Fly Fisherman Forum. It reminds me of Craig Matthews’ IRIS CADDIS with the addition of hackle: I know a stretch of the Stillwater River, MT that this pattern would certainly come in real handy at about 7PM in August…

Just up along the right hand bank…

The full CLACKA CADDIS FAMILY selection may be found HERE

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Another great pattern from Craig Matthew’s BLUE RIBBON FLIES

These will work on a majority of Sierra waters. I like this fly!!!

PT/TB

Nick’s Soft:exercise:Hackle Caddis Emerger

Celebrate Independence from All Other Flies

We challenge you to a one fly contest. Bring Nick’s Soft Hackle Caddis Emerger (maybe a couple, but no other patterns) with you the next time you fish a likely spot, like any of the rivers around West Yellowstone. We will wager that you will catch fish and plenty of them on nothing but this simple, effective pattern.

This productive soft hackle has earned a permanent place in our fly boxes. Tied by our senior guide Nick Nicklas, this English styled pattern incorporates a collar of natural partridge and flash with a natural fur body, creating the perfect classic caddis emerger.

Try a few today….


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These are some patterns that I use for the colder months:

BLUE ICE MIDGE:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
UNDERBODY/ABDOMEN: Blue Krystal Flash
OVERBODY: Micro tubing, clear
THORAX: Black UV Ice Dub

A Colorado pattern developed for the North Platte River. I switch to patterns that incorporate blue in the late Fall and Winter when the water temps go below 45 degrees…

POISON TUNG:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Gray
RIB: Largutan Blue or Wapsi XSM, Blue wire
THORAX: Gray UV Ice Dub
BEAD: Silver Tung

A Charlie Craven pattern that Rainbows “bonk” on the Lower “O” in Dec.-Feb….

COPPER STARLING MIDGE (SH):

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17, 2x short
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Largutan or Wapsi XSM, Copper Wire
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism, peacock ( I like this stuff!!!)
HACKLE: Starling underwing feather

As with the flies directly below, just sub wire color. I some times coat the wire with Aquaflex or Dave’s Flexament before tying the thorax. Alec Jackson hooks RULE…

RED STARLING MIDGE (SH):

CHART STARLING MIDGE (SH):

CHART WRAPOVER CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 206, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black or Brown
ABDOMEN: Holo Chartreuse Ice Dub
OVERBODY: Stalcup’s Glitter Rib, Clear or Chart
THORAX: Black UV Ice DUb
HACKLE: Dyed Olive Partridge

A flashy, streamlined when wet, Caddis Pupae. Use in the Spring in highor off – colored water.
I like this for the Lower Owens…

BROWN WRAPOVER CADDIS:

I use holo brown Ice Dub for the underbody on this one and Amber Glitter Rib for the overbody.The thorax is olive brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism. The Hackle is Natural Partridge.


GREEN WRAPOVER CADDIS:

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13-17
THREAD: Gordon Griffth 14/0 Brown
ABDOMEN: Olive Brown Ice Dub or Olive Brown SLF Prism
OVERBODY: Lt. Olive Micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock SLF Prism or Peacock Ice Dub
HACKLE: Olive Dyed Partridge

Another in a series of these that I tie this time using a different hook and overwrap…

BIOT BACK MAY:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 16-18 or TMC 3761 #16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive
TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: Wapsi UTC 70 DK. Olive
RIB: Chart. Wapsi wire XSM
WINGPAD: Dk. Brown or Black Goose Biot
THORAX: Olive Brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism, Olive Brown

LEGS: Pearl Krystal Flash, 3 strands, each side
BEAD: Copper Metal or Tung

I developed this fly for the East Walker River as an alternative to the “Tailwater Tiny”.I also tie this in brown too. It works REAL good…

BH WRAPOVER TAN CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, # 14-18
UNDERBODY: Tan UV Ice DUB
OVERBODY: Tan micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or Peacock SLF Prism
HACKLE: Natural Partridge
GLASS BEAD: Rootbeer SM

Another variation on the theme when tan Caddis are present..

AMBER WRAPOVER CADDIS:

DIVING TAN CADDIS (SH):

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13-15
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown or Tan
EGG SAC: Caddis Green or Insect Green Dub
ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear # 4 or 5
HACKLE: Bobwhite Quail Belly feather

Another Allen McGee soft hackle pattern which works much better that most of the commercial tie diving Caddis (Egg Laying) flies I have tried. It has caught more than one fish this past Spring on the Lower “O” below 5 Bridges…

SPARKLE CADDIS PUPAE, NON- LF:

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffth 14/0, Olive
VEIL (bubble): Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive
ABDOMEN: Insect Green Dub
WINGS: Brown Antron Yarn, pulled up and clipped
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

Non La Fontaine, who probably knew more about Caddis and how to imitate and catch fish with them than anyone on the planet. Just a touch of flash and air bubble retainer…

VW TNT CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiici 1130, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
BEAD: Gunmetal or Peacock, glass
VEIL: 1 ply, Green, or Tan Antron (Zelon) over back
ABDOMEN: Ice Dub or SLF Prism, olive Brn., Caddis Grn., Tan, Orange
WING BUDS: Brown Antron
THORAX: Peacock or Black UV Ice Dub
ANTENNAE: Micro Centipede Rubber Legs (Tan, Brown or Green)

Another great pattern from Vince Wicox. Color depends on species present and size usually diminishes a the year prgresses. I use this fly on the Owens tailed behind a Spotlight or Elk Hair Caddis Dry two sizes larger…

SKINNY NELSON:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761, # 16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
BEAD: (optional) Black Tung
ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black
TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
RIB: XSM Gold or Silver Wire
WINGCASE: Pearl Flashabou or Black KF
THORAX: Peacock Herl

A Tracy Peterson pattern, abdomen tied thin. Useful for Baetis and Midge hatches!!!

KRYSTAL FLASH RUSTY MAY:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761, # 16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: 2 strands Rust KF, 1 strand Olive KF, flat or twisted
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
WINGCASE: Black Holo Flash

A good attractor pattern. KF colors may be varied to matck Mayfly color. I LIKE this guy!!!


VIRUS MIDGE: (GREEN,BLACK and RED)

HOOK: TMC 200R, Daiichi 1270 #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Black, Olive or Red
ABDOMEN: Thread – Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Red, Black, Olive , Tan, Gray
OVERABDOMEN: Clear micro tubing
RIB: Wapsi xsm, Silver, Chart, Blue, Black, Gold or Red
BEADS: Red, Black, Emerald, Aztec Gold, Clear – 2X- or mixed
THORAX: Peacock Herl
GILLS: White or Clear antron

Hard to find pattern. Rainy’s catalogue has it listed, Feathercraft used to, at one time. Some fellow across the pond has it listed in orange… I use it on the East Walker below the dam to the bridge in late Winter…

BH BAETIS:

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: White uni 8/0
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WING: Clipped Partridge, Natural
BEAD: Glass Gunmetal

Variation on Charlie Craven’s pattern. I use this as a trailer behind a Snowshoe Baetis in the Spring, Both flies take fish…

JU JU BAETIS:

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0, White
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WINGCASE/GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon (small amount)

Charlie Craven’s KILLER Baetis and Midge pattern. I works almost everywhere I have used it. My Midge and Baetis boxes are filled with these in all sorts of color combinations…

RED JU JU BEE MIDGE:

One strand of Red and two strands of Clear Superhair…

GREEN RED WIRE MIDGE

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Olive, Black, Tan, Gray
RIB: XSM Wapsi or Largutan, Red, Silver, Gold, BlueWine, or Violet
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
BEAD: Mercury, glass

A small midge pattern that finds a lot of space in my Midge boxes…

JD’S PURPLE THREAD MIDGE

HOOK: TMC 200R, Daiichi 1270, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Gudebrod Rod Wrapping thread, (appropriate color)
FLASH: Pearl Crystal Flash over built up GG thread

An excellent Jude Duran fly. In this case, I have substituted purple floss wrapped over with clear mico tubing. The Gudebrod standard patterns are below…


RED WIRE GB MIDGE: ( OLIVE)

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
RIB: XSM Wapsi, Red, Silver, Blue
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive, Black, Tan, Gray
WING: White Zelon
BEAD: Red Metal, 1/16″

Another Midge I use. Colors may be varied to match conditions…An easy tie!!!

RED FLASH MIDGE:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiici 1130 # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Red KF
OVERABDOMEN: clear micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
BEAD: glass, Mercury, XSM

Easy tie fly…Colors may be varied. The micro tubing assists in making the abdomen traslucent…love this stuff.

BLUE FLASH MIDGE:

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Blue KF
OVERABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
WING: 3 strands Pearl KF
BEAD: glass Mercury or Gunmetal (shown) XSM

I like this pattern for Winter fishing on the OWENS. I have picked up some nice “BOWS” in the WT section on this fly…


CC’S JU JU BEE BH MIDGE:

CC’S JU JU BAETIS:  ( 2 VIEWS )

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0 white thread
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Black, 2 Clear Strands
WINGCASE: Pearl Flasabou ( or, Black KF)
GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon ( small amount)

Charlie Craven’s updated version…a winner!!!

JD’S TAN THREAD FLASH MIDGE:

JD”S BROWN FLASH MIDGE:

Both of the above Jude Duran patterns are tied with Gudebrod Rod Wrapping thread…

PT/TB

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