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Macro Photography: Caddis Pupa/Latex Abs

Latex: It has come, gone, loiters but never seem to get the usage that it appears to warrant. I mean Latex for fly bodies…nice segmented abdomens. Give it a try over underbodies of smooth wrapped materials built up to the shape of a plump abdomen over wraps of weighted wire or try some of the formed metal bodies.

Caddis Pupa SwittersBWith both of these Caddis Pupa flies, I wrapped segmented abdomens using colored latex to match the pupa colors I was attempting to replicate. The thorax regions were dubbed with deer hair spun to attempt to gain that legs, antenna, emerging wing look. The flies are dredged along the bottom and swung upward at the end.

Caddis Pupa 2 SB


Fly Tying: Simple BH Caddis Pupa

This is a very simple Bead Head (BH) Caddis Pupa pattern to tie and quite effective tumbled through a riffle. It has had some success on lakes, but less so. The green sparkle braid gives a nice translucent look to the abdomen. I have used the bright green and the tan with good success. A small piece of braid tied in and burned off at the end…a small noodle of dubbing spun onto the thread and then wrapped one to two times behind a tungsten bead. The hook this time is a size 16 curved shank pupa hook. This is a perfect beginner’s pattern for Caddis Pupa. 

Green Pupa Sparkle braid SB

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