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Friday, November 20, 2015

Beginner Fly Tying: Easy Caddis Pupa

Two materials for an effective pattern



I have dabbled a lot in tying caddis pupae, and I have tied everything from super complicated to very simple.  This pattern was born on one of those mad dashes of tying the night before a trip and realizing that I didn't have many sub-surface caddis patterns in my box.  I whipped up some of the most basic patterns I could think of, and that involved a tungsten bead, a bit of dubbing, and a thread body.  They worked fine the next day, but I wanted to add an element to maybe make them more realistic.  I changed the body from thread to thin cut latex because the latex can add really good segmentation, and the results have been excellent.  All in all, this is a pattern that has just enough realism to go along with it's simplicity, and the fish like to vacuum them up.

Check out the recipes under the video.



Recipes:

Green

Hook: Daiichi 1120 #14-18 (+)
Bead: Tungsten 2.8mm (+)
Thread: Danville 70 - Black (+)
Body: Kiley's Nymph Skin - Caddis green (+)
Thorax: Nature's Spirit hare's mask dubbing - Natural (+)

Cream

Hook: Daiichi 1120 #14-18 (+)
Bead: Tungsten 2.8mm (+)
Thread: Danville 70 - Black (+)
Body: Kiley's Nymph Skin - Natural Latex (+)
Thorax: Nature's Spirit hare's mask dubbing - Natural (+)

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