Fish Food

by Brian Zinger on February 28, 2017

Sorry for being a bite late with this fly of the week post. I’m sure everybody has been eagerly awaiting.

There are a couple of aquatic insects that are available in some phase of their life cycle, most of the year. One of the most important is the caddis. Caddis are most important because of their wide spread abundance and their active presents throughout the regular trout season. Also, caddis usually hatch in droves so fishing dry imitations is far more effective than another year round favorite like stone flies.

Caddis hatch in a few sizes sizes and colors. The pre-hatch phases of life are most important and just as varied in size and color. The Larva and Pupa stages of live should have a good presents in your fly box because they are effective year round.

My favorite stage to imitate is an emerging pupa. When caddis larva decide to make the transition to adulthood, they release from the river bottom by absorbing oxygen into their exoskeleton. This acts as a bubble and aid in the ascending to the surface where they hatch as an adult.   This is when they are most vulnerable to become a meal. During this time trout gorge themselves on emerger with reckless abandon. Sometime fish will feed on emergers straight thru the hatch because of the ease in which they can target them over the adult.

My favorite pattern is one made popular by Gary Lafontane called the Sparkle Pupa. It’s easy to tie, you only need 3 materials. The stretch of Anton pulled away from the body has the property of creating an air bubble much like the naturals.

Lafontane Sparkle Pupa

Hook: Mustad 3906b sizes 16 -12

Body: Stretched Anton (dark green, chartreuse, beige) pulled away from the shank.

Wing: several strands of stacked deer hair

Head: Antron(black, amber)

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