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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.
Materials Needed:

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. charlie's flybox
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step: 3
. Attach the thread to the hook and wrap a thread base from the index point to the bend and back again. charlie's flybox
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step: 4
Tie in the yarn at t he 75-80% point on top of the hook charlie's flybox
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step: 5
Before continuing back with the thread, pull the yarn down along the bend of the hook so it encompasses the shank 360 degrees. charlie's flybox
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step: 6
Spiral wrap back over the yarn to the bend and make a few tight wraps there to hold the yarn in place. charlie's flybox
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step: 7
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. charlie's flybox
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step: 8
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. charlie's flybox
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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. charlie's flybox
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step: 10
Pull the yarn tight over the body and place your fingertips at the front edge of the hook eye. charlie's flybox
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step: 11
Push back on the yarn by sliding it and your fingertips back to the front edge of the body, forming the bubble. charlie's flybox
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step: 12
Tie the yarn down at the front edge of the dubbed body and clip the excess charlie's flybox
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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. charlie's flybox
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step: 14
Clip the tips from the shank and build a smooth thread base for the head to follow. charlie's flybox
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step: 15
. 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. charlie's flybox
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step: 16
Make two or three turns with the marabou and tie off charlie's flybox
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step: 17
Clip the excess marabou and build a smooth thread head. charlie's flybox
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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. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
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. charlie's flybox
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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. charlie's flybox
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