A reader asked to see the flies I have been using with success of late, and this is one of them. The LaFontaine Sparkle Emerger is a great caddis imitation, and one of the flies I use all year around with good success. It's also very effective throughout the country, where ever caddis are present - everywhere. The color combination shown in the video - brown and yellow - has been the most effective of late. I have also been using the brown and bright green with good results. I typically fish them deep or in the water column, and only at the surface when fish are taking the naturals in the film.
Hook: Standard Dry Fly #12-16
Thread: 6/0 Danville black..........
Overbody and Trailing Shuck: Golden yellow antron sparkle yarn
Underbody: Tan antron
Wing: Deer - well mottled
Head: Dark brown
They are a bit of an effort to tie, but like everything else that takes effort, it is well worth it. This fly works well, and while there are plenty of similar imitations, I still haven't found a subsurface caddis pupa/emereger pattern that is nearly as effective as this one.
I'll post some other patterns I've been using, so come on back real soon.
Sharpen your hooks!!
Hi Matt: Thanks for tying this. I tie my sparkle pupas exactly as GLF showed me: touch dubbed body with a very sparse "shroud".
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