El Dorado

Created by Jeff Morgan


Imitates a caddis pupa at the surface. Most recent pupa patterns include a brass beadhead, which works great when the pupa is presented near the bottom. But this pattern uses a glass bead, which won't sink the fly. The beadhead attacts as an attractor or as an imitation of an air bubble.


Vary the size and color to match caddis species.

How to Fish

Use a floating line and a shallow nymph presentation.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, slide bead on the hook, place in vise, and start thread.

2. Tie in fine ribbing material.

3. Dub sparkle body.

3. Wrap ribbing.

5. Tie in CDC underwing

6. Tie in Zing Wing and trim to shape

7. Tie in hackle. Make 4-6 wraps and tie off

8. Wrap 1-2 wraps of dubbing between hackle and bead.

8. Trim underside of the hackle (optional)

9. Whipfinish and trim.

HOOK: Dai Riki 305, size 10-16

THREAD: To match body

BODY: Sparkle Dubbing

RIBBING: Fine gold or copper wire


WING: Dun or tan mottled Zing Wing

HACKLE: Brown, or to match body

COLLAR: Orange Ice Dub

HEAD: Gold plastic bead