Deep Sparkle Pupa, Tan

Created by Gary LaFontaine


Imitates a caddis pupa that is ready to hatch in to an adult. Prior to a caddis hatch in a river, pupa often drift near the bottom. During the hatch, pupa drift near the bottom, then rise rapidly to the surface, drift a short ways, and the adult emerges and quickly flies off. So it makes sense to drift a pupa pattern on the bottom before a hatch starts.

Once the hatch is underway, the two best places to present a fly are on the bottom and just subsurface. This fly is designed for the former use, while its counterpart, the Sparkle Pupa is designed for the latter.


Vary the size, body color, and shroud color to match the natural insects.

How to Fish

Present the fly near the bottom using the trout indicator or tight line presentations.

HOOK: TMC 100, sizes 12-18


SHROUD: Tan Antron yarn

ABDOMEN: Tan Antron

WING: Woodduck mallard

HEAD: Brown Superfine