This post was last updated on March 30th, 2015 at 08:22 pm
The caddis pupa is frequently an overlooked fly pattern by fisherman, but it shouldn’t be! This is the stage of life for the caddis when it emerges from it’s case below the water and floats to the surface to become an adult. Caddis pupae have small hairs (and often bubbles) that appear to glisten while underwater. At this point in the caddis fly’s life they are very vulnerable to being eaten by trout because they are simply floating around, often time suspended right in the fishes active feeding zone.
Sparkle Caddis Pupa Emerger
The sparkle caddis pupa above is tied using green dubbing at the base and a light colored polypropylene or antron as the outer bubble layer. It is picked out with a bodkin to create the outer body. This layer simulates the hair and bubbles you would find on a natural fly.
Green Caddis Beaded Pupa
The fly above is tied using any flashy course dubbing you have available such as mylar as the body and tail. The head is black dubbing with a black bead. and the body has multiple flashy beads to provide not only a natural flash to your fly, but perfect segmentation. This pattern is probably my personal favorite caddis pupa pattern.
Bead head October Caddis Pupa
Large sparkle caddis pupa with a bead head such as this one will often work well during the October caddis hatch. This fly is tied with a small maribou tail, and a black bead for the head. A nice clean patten that can be tied with a lead wrapped hook to really get down into the strike zone fast. The inner portion of the body is wrapped with black wire to give the segmented look and finished with a white antron outer body.