Beginner Fly Tying: Easy Caddis Pupa

Cheech - November, 2015

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.

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 16
  • Bead: Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads - Gold - 2.4mm
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black
  • Body: Kiley's Nymph Skins - Caddis Green
  • Thorax: Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing - Natural
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook
Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook

Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook

$5.85
Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing
Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing
Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing

Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing

$2.75
Kiley's Nymph Skins
Kiley's Nymph Skins

Kiley's Nymph Skins

$5.50
Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads
Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads

Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads

$7.00