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”
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!
That’s awesome johnnydesmd! Thanks for reading our post and I’m glad it has been so effective for you!