The original Comparadun was created in the 1960s by famed tier and angler Al Caucci. Anglers were introduced to the pattern in the 1973 book Comparahatch, which Caucci wrote with Bob Nastasi. Ever since, the low-riding mayfly imitation has been a staple in fly fishers’ boxes.
Although the fly looks quite simple, tying it can be frustrating, as getting the tails and wings right take a bit of doing. In the latest video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler walks you through his process for creating a Sulfur Comparadun, and he seems to have figured out the best ways to perform each step. It all starts with choosing the right deer hair, and his method for ensuring that the tails stay in position is ingenious.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Lightning Strike DF1), sizes 12-20.
Thread: Yellow 8/0 or 70-denier.
Wing: Bleached deer-hair, short/fine, cleaned and stacked.
Tails: Medium dun Mayfly Tails or microfibbets.
Adhesive: UV-cure resin.
Abdomen: Hendrickson-pink turkey biot.
Abdomen: Pale yellow Superfine Dubbing.
Thorax: Pale yellow Superfine Dubbing.
Head: Tying thread.
Tools: Hair stacker, dubbing wax, bodkin.
Note: See Tim’s video on choosing the proper deer-hair for Compadun here.