Sparkle Pupa Video Fly Tying Instructions

Video tutorial courtesy of our friends at InTheRiffle

The Sparkle Pupa is a wonderful caddis emerger pattern. It was developed by Gary LaFontaine in the 80’s and the fly continues to be a favorite among many anglers. The Sparkle Pupa’s success is mainly due to the “bubble” of sparkle yarn over the body. This bubble traps air, just like a natural caddis pupa making it’s way to the surface of the water. This is a vulnerable stage for the caddis fly and big trout know that as they gobble them up! It is traditionally tied in either a Caddis Green color or a Tan color. Both are effective and a must have in your caddis fly fishing box!

Sparkle Pupa Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #12-18 Tiemco 3769 or Tiemco 100
Bead: Matching Gold Cyclops Bead
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tail: FL. Green or Olive Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Underbody: Caddis Green Hareline Dubbing
Body: FL. Green or Olive Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Wing: Natural Deer Hair
Collar: Chocolate Brown or Black Hareline Dubbing

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2 thoughts on “Sparkle Pupa Video Fly Tying Instructions

  1. Nice tie, this is a great pattern that I have used for many years with great success after reading Gary Laffontaines book “Caddisflies”. Newbies stick this one in your back pocket!

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