This week we are tying a great caddis pupa called Hogan’s Petrified Pupa. It’s about caddis time and you should be thinking about filling your boxes with caddis patterns. This fly is super simple to tie and only has a few things to keep in mind when tying. Make your abdomen longer than you think you need to. The thorax takes up lots of room and your abdomen will get lost in it. If you cant get your hands on MFC’s midge Body Thread Olive 6/0 tying thread with a silver rib will work fine. I know Hogan’s pattern has a copper bead. If you don’t have copper then use gold, does it matter? Ask the fish, I don’t think so. I am a big fan of MFC’s bulk CDC. It comes in a bunch of great buggy colors and is very high quality. You get a great mix of thick stem and slim stem feathers with nice long fibers. The long fibers make great soft hackles for caddis pupa. You can use a dubbing loop or just split your tying thread. I like MFC’s Premium Tying Thread for just this reason. It is not waxed and splits really easy. Just take a slim bodkin, slide it in the middle of the thread and split into a dubbing loop. There are a few ways to hold the feather for the loop. Some people will take larger binder clips and glue pieces of popsicle sticks to the inside. The sticks hill hold materials so they don’t fall all over the place. I use Marc Petitjean Magic tool, so if you have one and never used it….. Now’s your chance! After your soft hackle give a small bunch of dubbing behind the bead and your done. What about the antenna? Where is it??? If you need to have an antenna tie in a few pieces of wood duck after you dub your head and your in the game.
Fly tier, half ass photographer, hard working guide and my better half is my dog Tater. Want to have a good time on the water? Need some advise on tying flies? Look up Rob in the shop and he'll get you hook'd up!