La Fontaine’s Sparkle Pupa’s (don’t overdress the antron shroud)

The La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa and Emergent Sparkle Pupa are considered Caddis Pupa staples by many, but try as I may, I almost always over dress them and defeat the intended purpose of an air bubble shroud. I photographed two of my flies I tied last year and included a pupa tied by Deadhead. His is correct and mine are overdressed. Do mine work? They seem to, but never as well as a Bead Head Pupa like the Harriet. So, do not over dress this pattern I think my thorax and wing are ok, but the antron or z-lon shroud are overdone on the top one and just passable on the green one.  
Emergent Sparkle Pupa ~ G. Muncy

Emergent Sparkle Pupa ~ G. Muncy

Emergent Sparkle Pupa ~ G. Muncy

Emergent Sparkle Pupa ~ G. Muncy


 LaFontaine’s Sparkle Pupa

hook: size 10-18 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook
thread: 6/0 UNI, brown
head: tan or beige antron dubbing.
wing: elk hair
body: antron yarn (or dubbing), amber, amber/ginger mix, or gray
pupa case: amber antron
body: amber antron
tail: antron yarn, clear or white

LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa ~ Deadhead @ Roughfisher.com

LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa ~ Deadhead @ Roughfisher.com

Placehook in vise and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in white antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Wrap thread to mid-hook and tie in two bunches of amber antron yarn, one on top and one on bottom of hook shank. Wrap thread back to hook bend. Tie in another piece of amber antron yarn. Wrap thread forward to 2/3 of hook length. Wrap (palmer) the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building a body. Tie off and trim. Pull amber antron forward, over the the top and bottom of the hook shank, to form the pupa case, making sure to leave a pocket around the hook shank. Tie off and trim. Take a small pinch of elk hair, clean the underfur, and stack. Tie in as the wing, one hook length. Trim. Add beige/tan dubbing and wrap to just behind the hook eye. Whip finish, forming a slight head with the thread. Tie off and epoxy the threads.

Using antron yarn to form a pupa case is unique, as it simulates a trapped gas bubble often found in emerging caddis pupae.    

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4 Responses to “La Fontaine’s Sparkle Pupa’s (don’t overdress the antron shroud)”

  1. 1 Bruce T.
    March 21, 2010 at 06:47

    Hi: I very much agree that it is easy to overdress the sparkle pupa. Also, I’ve never heard of the Harriet Pupa. Do you care to share the pattern. I’m always trying new flies, which to me is the fun of tying and fishing.
    All the best,


    • 2 SwittersB
      March 21, 2010 at 07:12

      The Harriet Pupa is my concoction from a personal encounter with Harriet the hen, who in fact was not a hen! The body was concocted from a dubbing brush from Fly Tying Specialties, Petaluma, California (http://www.flytyingspecialties.com/). The dubbing brush, as you probably know, has thin wire running through it. This allows for the extended body off the rear of the shank. I then wrap the dubbing brush up the shank. The wing was a portion of feather from one of Harriet’s feathers. You could substitute your own feather. See SwittersB 10/14/08. 3/21/2009 for a look at the pattern. The bead is optional. I use the bead because I use it as a diving Caddis pattern as much as an emerging pupa.


  2. February 19, 2009 at 07:51

    I don’t if I’d go as far to say as mine is “right”, but it’s an attempt. Funny that you mention your ties as overdressed, where I think of my flies as often being tied too thin. Alas, an underdressed fly will oft perform an overdressed one, as it allows the hackles/materials to breathe more underwater. Sometimes less is more. Great lesson there. Keep up the good work here SwittersB!


  3. February 12, 2009 at 07:09

    The La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa is good pupa. I am use it!


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