This week we are tying a CDC Caddis Pupa. It seems that summer is here, Caddis are in the air and the fish are starting to eat them. The CDC Caddis Pupa caught lots of fish on the Missouri River this last week and they should be in your arsenal.
This is a very easy fly to tie and you can bang out lots of them in a short amount of time. I am tying this one in a size 12, green body with a tan CDC soft hackle. You should tie them in a variety of colors, tan, brown, grey and peacock. Also tie them in a few different sizes, 12-18’s will cover most pupa sizes. The hardest thing to tie on this fly is the soft hackle. I like to use my bodkin to split my tying thread into two strands, making a dubbing loop. Then I select a good quality CDC feather with long barbules, place the barbules in the Marc Petitjean Magic Clip. Then I cut the barbules off the stem, leaving them held fast on the clip. Place the ends of the barbules in the middle of the split thread. Give it a spin and you have an instant high quality bugging brush. Wrap it around the head of the fly and you have a great soft hackle.
Caddis flies are a very important food source for trout and are often over looked. Caddis flies undergo complete metamorphosis, egg, larva, pupa and adult. This fly imitates the pupal stage. When the larva has reached sexual maturity and has started to develop its wings and legs. Keep this in mind when you tie pupal imitations. Eyes, antenna, wing case and the abdomen are very prominent.
Have fun tying this bug and don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and body materials.