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These are Sparkle Pupa patterns, with a bit of a twist , from Montana guide and tier Eric Slagle that appeared in the Spring 2006 Issue of FLY TYER MAGAZINE (ppgs. 20-29).. I have been using these guys, both the Deep and Emerger variants, since Spring 2007. All I will say is that it is worth the effort to add this version of Gary LaFontaine’s original to one’s Caddis arsenal. So  let’s begin…

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Michael…likin’ some Deep Sparkle Pupa, in Green, on the East Walker River…

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Just about SPARKLE TIME…and these guys… 

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LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa:

HOOK: 1X-long,heavy wire nymph hook for tying the Deep Sparkle Emerger (beaded or unbeaded). a 1X- long,fine-wire hook for the Emergent Sparkle Pupa. Hook sizes #18- #8

THREAD: 16/0,14/0, 8/0 or 6/0 color to match the underbody. Use Tiemco 16/0 (dubbing loop) or UTC 70 denier when applying CDC using split-thread technique

UNDERBODY: A blend of Antron and Superfine dubbing

VEIL: Antron dubbing for hook sizes #18 -#12, Zelon for sizes #10 and #8

WING: Pale deer for the Ginger and Cinnamon Emergent Sparkle Pupa and  medium or dark deer hair for all other patterns

WING PAD: Hen saddle hackle fibers for the Deep Sparkle Pupa, color to match thehead *(Note) I will use Partridge, Grouse or Lemon Wooduck as alternatives

HEAD: Superfine Dubbing, color to match the head *(note) I will use Brass or Tungsten colored beads

 

COLOR SCHEMES FOR THE SPARKLE PUPA:

Brown & Yellow Sparkle Pupa

DUBBING:

One-half golden tan Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

VEIL:

One-half golden tan Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth golden stone Antron

One-Quarter white Antron

Brown & Green Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half blue grass Antron

One-half caddis green Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half olive damsel Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth dark olive Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Brown Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half chesnut Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half chesnut Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Ginger Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half squirrel belly Antron

One-halh light cahill Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half cahill cream Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

One-eighth golden stone Antron

One-quarter white Antron

Dark Gray Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half hare’s ear Antron

One-half Adams gray Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half charcoal gray Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth har’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

These are the basic color schemes Eric laid out. He suggests that one may play around with the color mixes to mimic particular Caddis that may be present in other areas – just keep white or clear Antron, in a one-quarter proportion, in the veiling mixture. Here is my Cinnamon for those little guys on the East Walker River:

Cinnamon Sparkle Pupa

Dubbing:

One-half March brown Antron

One-half Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing

Veil:

One-half ginger variant Antron

One-eighth March brown Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

One-quarter white Antron

 

I also concocted some other veil and abdomen mixtures for the two Glossosoma species below. Those will appear in the pattern recipes. No other  material comes close to Antron’s fineness, for the veiling on smaller Sparkle Pupa – use it!

 

MAKING TOUCH-DUBBING:

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The main ingredients for the veil and abdomen:

 

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1.Align equal amounts of Antron and Superfine dubbing using the large teeth, then small teeth on the above pet comb

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2. Cut each bunch of dubbing into 1/4 inch long pieces with some very sharp scissors

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3. Blend the dubbings together – a couple of taps will do

PREPARING THE VEIL OF THE SPARKLE PUPA:

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1. Select small bunches of Antron dubbing in the color scheme of choice

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2. Roughly mix the colors together

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3. Firmly grasp the roughly blended Antron between your thumb and fore-finger. Aggressively brush the coarse-toothed portion of the comb through the Antron. Continue combing the Antron, each time grasping more fibers between the thumb and fore-finger. (I put the bunch on my leg to really go at it) Turn  the clump and continue combing. Use the fine-toothed side to remove all stray fibers. (I do a final light run with the upper comb) The result will be a nice, neat bunch of Antron fibers of similar length. 

 

 *TYING SEQUENCES*

 

DEEP SPARKLE PUPA (Brown) – Weighted/ Beadless – SBS…Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

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1. Add about 6-8 turns of lead or tungsten wire to the hook shank. Cover the hook shank and wire with a layer of thread; make a fe wraps into the hook bend. Tie in the veil (I do a section on each side of the hook shank then use a half-hitch to secure). Trim the excess.

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2. Add touch dubbing to the thread (hold dubbing in left hand, moisten fingers then thread and lightly twist a *very small amount*of dubbing on the thread, do this 5-6 times. Turn the thread *counter-clockwise – to lock the dubbing onto the thread ten advance forward, leaving room for the wing pads and head.

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3.  Splay the veil fibers around the underbody; try to brush the fibers straight forward. Hold the veil in place with two loose wraps of thread.*Gently* pull out some of the fibers, with a dubbing needle, to create an even, oblong veil. Tighten the loose wraps add two additional wraps, cut the excess and add a half-hitch.

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4. Tie hackle fibers on each side of the pattern at a slight downward angle to imitate wing pads, half-hitch.

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6. Now add a small pinch of Superfine dubbing (or other dubbing to match the abdomen color -( this is Nature’s Spirit, Dark Honey emergence, dubbing), half -hitch and whip finish. Cut tying thread and add a tiny drop of Hard As Hull. Put a needle in the hook eye while the head cement dries.

 

*TYING SEQUENCE*

 

EMERGENT SPARKLE PUPA (Brown)…SBS…Partridge, Hooper Long Shank, 4x Fine, #14 – #16…

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1. As in the above sequence with the veil surrounding the abdomen and half-hitched

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2. *First, cut a half-dozen fibers  from the front of the fly, at two or three points to make the shuck – KEEP IT SPARSE*, gently pull them towards the rear of the pattern and twist. Then  tie in a small bunch of cleaned and stacked deer hair fibers for the wing. Half- hitch.

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3. Apply a small bunch of Superfine dubbing to the thread, and wrap the head. Whip-finish and clip the thread.

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4. Use a sharp hobby knife to cut a dozen veil fibers in half. Repeat this at several locations around the veil.

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5. Finished and ready for H20…

 

*VARIATION*

 

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GX (Glossosoma califica) DEEP SPARKLE PUPA (A Personal Project) …

HOOK: TMC 3761, Daiiachi 1560, #16

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Thorax forward

VEIL:

One-half chocolate brown Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-eighth squirrel belly Antron

one-quarter white Antron

ABDOMEN: Russett DNA Holo Fusion – 1 flash fiber 8-10 non flash fibers

WING PADS: English Grouse

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock fiber, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Plummet Tungsten Bead, 3/32″, Metallic Brown
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Glossosoma calificas…

An imitation, of what Ralph Cutter, calls the most important Caddis in the Sierras…

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G2X (Glossosoma alacense) DEEP SPARKLE PUPA …

HOOK:  TMC 3761, Daiichi 1560

THREAD: Tiemco,16/0, White Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16.0, Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

VEIL:

One-half chocolate brown Antron

One-eighth rust Antron

One-eighth hare’s ear Antron

One-quarter white Antron

ABDOMEN: 1 strand flash, 8-10 strands non-flash Pink DNA Holo Fusion

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Fiber, Brown, Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, 3/32′, Metallic Brown

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G2X(s)…

 

*TYING SEQUENCE CDC ABDOMEN*

 

CDC (Abdomen) EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense

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1. Pick out a selection of CDC feathers that have fibers approximately the same length. Remove both ends of each feather, leaving only the long and even fibers on the side of each stem. Split the thread with a bodkin (dubbing needle) if using Utc 70 denier or make a dubbing loop if using Tiemco 16/0. Stack and stagger 2-4 feathers (depends on hook size) in the split thread or loop. Remove finger from the loop and allow the bobbin to close the thread (or in this case, pinch the dubbing loop with yer’ fingers on the left hand). 

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2. Use sharp, long-bladed scissors to trim the CDC approximately 3/16′ long extending perpendicular from both sides of the thread. Spin the bobbin (or dubbing twister) counter-clockwise to lock the CDC fibers in the thread.

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3. Wrap the fibers up the hook shank to make the underbody of the fly.

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FINISHED EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense – Partridge, Hooper Long Shank, 4x Fine, #16… 

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Materials for EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA – Glossosoma alacense…

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EMERGING SPARKLE PUPA(s) – Glossosoma alacense

The above Emergent Sparkle Pupa and the Deep Sparkle version is for the cousin that makes it’s appearance in waters we fish around YNP…

I and my guys have tested Eric’s variation out in a lot of the places we visit…they work. Tie some up, keeping the veils sparse. Then, go into a Fly Shop and compare what you have tied to that which is available… commercially…There is no going back !!!

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A Rainbow reward… on the East Walker River…

 

NEXT: Not a lawn DART

 

 

PT/TB 

 

 

 

 

 

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