Ice Wing Pupa - Caddis

A simple pupa that fish can't resist

Ice Wing Pupa

There aren't many times that I catch fish faster than when the fish are keying on caddis pupae in the summer time.  Because of this, I really love fishing caddis pupa patterns and I typically have about 1,297 of them in my boxes.  The thing about caddis patterns is that you need a pretty wide variety in order to ensure that you have the bug that the fish want on a given day.  Instead of trying to dial in each exact specie and type of bug, I just carry a few shades and sizes of green/olive, amber, tan, and orange.  The ice wing caddis is designed to be tied in bulk and many of the fine details (wing pads, antennae, etc) are omitted in order to make it a quicker tie.  Guess what?  The fish don't care.  It reminds me of a little saying that a good buddy told me "If it looks like a caddis pupa, and it talks like a caddis pupa, you are drunk.  Caddis pupae don't talk."  This fly is similar to our Ice Wing caddis dry fly that we posted a few days ago.  Check out the tutorial HERE.

To sum it up.  Fish eat this fly.  The end.

~ Cheech

Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 14     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Copper - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Body 1: Pearl Tinsel - Large     
Body 2: Body & Rib Tubing - Olive - Midge     
Wing: Ice Dub - Olive Brown     
Collar: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing - Hare's Ear