Friday, February 4, 2011

Krystal Kebari's

Three versions of a sakasa kebari.....Sparkle Kebari, Olive Sakasa Kebari, Krystal Kebari
 Last night I was doing a little tying and watching TV with my wife.  I just wanted to tie a few simple flies to fill spots in my fly box for the upcoming trout season.....if it ever gets here.  I was in the middle of tying some simple olive colored sakasa kebari when I began to think about the new materials sitting on the table next to me that had just arrived.  There were some spools of different colored wire, holographic stick on eyes, and some krystal flash (pearl).  I began to think of how I might incorporate the krystal flash into a sakasa kebari.  I originally bought the flash for salt water flies I'm tying, but that is another post all together.  I have tied a fair number of my Bubble Kebari using silver mylar tinsel to simulate a bubble or some flash to a potential trout.  The problem is that I hate using mylar tinsel. So I began to wonder if the krystal flash could accomplish the same thing with less hassle.  I'm not sure if anyone else has had the same idea but I think it could make a useful fly.  The two flies above (on the left and right of center) are what I came up with.  The first one, I call a Sparkle Kebari because the tail reminds me of the Sparkle dun with it's "shuck."  The other, I'm calling a Krystal Kebari for lack of a better name.  It has a rib of a single strand of krystal flash and gives the fly a cool coloration.  It's not exactly like a bubble but it may add a bit of attraction under the right light without spooking a fish.  Below I took another out-of-focus picture to exaggerate the sparkle ( I don't think my "expert" photographs can fully due these flies justice).

Yeah, it's out-of-focus, on purpose!

Sparkle Kebari & Krystal Kebari

Hook: Mustad C49S #12
Hackle: Hungarian partridge
Body: Uni-Thread 6/0, olive (or any other color)
Rib:  Krystal flash, pearl (on Krystal Kebari)
Tail: Krystal flash, pearl (on Sparkle Kebari)


  1. Hello!

    Thanks for a very good blog, I read everything you write. I like how you tie the sakasa kebaris and let me be inspired. My tip is to do the bubble whit transparent tying tread, same style you do on the Hot Spot kebari only change the treadcolour.

    Peter in Sweden.

  2. Thanks for the compliment! And thanks for your tip I will give it a try.