I used 3 strands of black Krystal Flash for the tail. The body is an olive woolly bugger chenille...and yes, it does have a little sparkle to it. Glad you like it. That color combo works well for me. I will probably do other colors, as I need some for spring. I used a size 6 hook from Montana Fly Company. They aren't bad hooks, but could be a little sharper. I hate sharpening hooks.