Sparkle Pupa

Created by Gary LaFontaine


When a caddis pupa is ready to hatch into an adult, it fills with gas which buoys it quickly to the surface. There is a moment of hesitation, at which it is vulnerable, then the adult emerges and immediately flies off.

The Sparkle Pupa revolutionized fly fishing during caddis hatches and turned on a generation of tyers to the sparkling qualities of antron fibers.


Vary the color and size to match different caddis hatches.

How to Fish

Dress the deer hair wing only. Use a floating line and a shallow nymph presentation. A wet-fly swing can also be effective. The Deep Sparkle Pupa is designed to be fished near the bottom, but many anglers just use this pattern for both deep and shallow presentations. When fishing it deep, present the fly near the bottom using the trout indicatoror tight linepresentations.

HOOK: 2X heavy, 2X short curved shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 2457 or equivalent. Sizes 12-20


SHROUD: Tan Antron "ballooned" over abdomen. Leave a few fibers trailing out the back.

ABDOMEN: Green Antron

WING: Light deer hair tied sparse

HEAD: Dark brown Haretron or marabou