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Sparkle Caddis Pupae
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Pattern Description
The Sparkle Caddis Pupae was developed by the illustrious Gary LaFontaine. While a simple pattern to both tie and fish, there are a few little tricks in the process that I will try to shed some light on here. I like to use the SCP as a dropper behind a dry during an actual caddis hatch as well as a general searching nymph during non-hatch times. I think fish see enough of these during the summer months to keep an eye out for, what must be, a tasty morsel. These pictures were taken back before I figured out how to work my camera, so I aplogize for their lack of clarity, but the pattern is so good, I didn't want to leave it out for long.
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Hook: TMC 100SPBL #14-18 Thread: 8/0 Dark Brown Overbody: Tan Aunt Lydias Sparkle Yarn Body: Haretron Dubbing to match natural Rib: Dark Brown tying thread Head: Black Marabou
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Begin by separating one strand from the three stands of Aunt Lydias Sparkle Yarn. Brush this single strand out with a Tiemco Dubbing Brush to separate the fibers.
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. Attach the thread to the hook and wrap a thread base from the index point to the bend and back again.
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Tie in the yarn at t he 75-80% point on top of the hook
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Before continuing back with the thread, pull the yarn down along the bend of the hook so it encompasses the shank 360 degrees.
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Spiral wrap back over the yarn to the bend and make a few tight wraps there to hold the yarn in place.
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Begin dubbing from the front of the body (75%) and continue back to the bend forming a reverse taper that is slightly fatter at the bend than it is at the front. End with the bare thread hanging at the BEND of the hook.
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Spiral the tying thread forward over the dubbed body to form the rib. Build a thread base from the front of the body to the eye of the hook and back again to the front edge of the body.
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step: 9  
Splay the yarn fibers from the bend and pull them forward over the dubbed body so they form a bubble around the shank.
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Pull the yarn tight over the body and place your fingertips at the front edge of the hook eye.
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Push back on the yarn by sliding it and your fingertips back to the front edge of the body, forming the bubble.
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step: 12  
Tie the yarn down at the front edge of the dubbed body and clip the excess
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step: 13  
Peel six or eight fibers from the side of a black marabou feather. You want fibers with long barbules. Tie these fibers in by their tips by first separating the barbs to create a clean tie in area as you would with a soft hackle feather being tied in by the tip.
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step: 14  
Clip the tips from the shank and build a smooth thread base for the head to follow.
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. Begin wrapping the marabou fibers again, as you would a soft hackle feather, by combing each wrap slightly back with your fingertips as you go.
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step: 16  
Make two or three turns with the marabou and tie off
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step: 17  
Clip the excess marabou and build a smooth thread head.
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step: 18  
Stoke the marabou collar to stand it up and trim the fibers from the top of the fly leaving long fibers on the sides and bottom only.
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step: 19  
Place the tips of your scissors under the yarn bubble at the front edge of the body and separate out a few fibers.
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step: 20  
Clip these fibers from the shank. These fibers will form the bubble trail and lay out the back of the hook.
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