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Email a Friend Deep Sparkle Pupa
By Jason Akl

For those of you who have never taken the time to try the Deep Sparkle Pupa on your favorite caddis water, you do not know what you are missing. Fish keying in on emerging caddisflies can be very difficult to fool because these emerging insects are hard to properly imitate. With the Deep Sparkle Pupa fly anglers need not worry about whether the fish will take interest in their flies, that is a guarantee with this sultry pattern.

The Deep Sparkle Pupa was created by Gary Lafontaine who was one of the most, if not the most, recognizable name in fly fishing or tying over the last two decades. After studying aquatic insects for the better part of 10 years Lafontaine’s genius created the deep and emergent sparkle pupa to accurately imitate the "bubbles" caddis emergers generate to reach the surface prior to hatching. Carefully creating these sparkle patterns with synthetic materials such as Anton and Tri-lobed nylon allows small air bubbles to be trapped in these synthetic materials which will shimmer and sparkle under the water surface as they reflect sunlight becoming very appetizing to hungry trout.

To fish this very special sparkle pattern simply use a light mono leader accompanied with a floating line. Pay close attention while fishing this pattern it will not take long until the fish take notice and greedily snack down on your fly.

Tie this pattern in sizes 12-16.

Deep Sparkle Pupa
Step 1 Start this fly by placing the hook into the vice and securing it in place tightly. Attach the thread to the hook shank and proceed to secure a small piece of sparkle yarn to the hook shank. Cover the yarn with thread wraps until you reach the point above the hook barb. Advance the thread to the front of the fly and then proceed to cut two inch sections of Anton. Comb out these two strips of Anton and tie them down to the hook shank, one on the top and one on the bottom.
Deep Sparkle Pupa
Step 2 Wrap the sparkle yarn forward up the body of the fly creating a full even body. Pull the Anton strips forward over the body of the fly and tie them off behind the hook eye. With your bodkin carefully tease the Anton fibers until you have created a round Anton body. Cut the tag ends of the Anton clean off.
Deep Sparkle Pupa
Step 3 In front of the round Anton body you just created take two turns with a soft grouse hackle and tie it off. Dub the thread with the brown rabbit dubbing and build a nice thick head for the fly. Whip finish the thread and cement the thread.
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Deep Sparkle Pupa
Products for this fly:
Tiemco TMC 2487 Hooks
Uni 8/0 Tying Thread
Wapsi Antron Yarn
Umpqua Sparkle Blend Antron Dubbing
Hungarian Partridge (loose feathers)
Hareline Rabbit Dubbing
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