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Petr Holecek

Simple Deep Pupa

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Simple Deep Pupa is one of my favourite sedge deep pupa patterns. I use it mostly in the summer and early autumn during

caddis hatch. Sometimes also during the day when insect activity is not visible. I fish it at the end of the rig in combination

with any lighter pupa as a dropper. I lead it passively across the current with the help of floating line and I recommend to

revive it sometimes with moderate line dragging or with short slow pull against the stream.


The fly can be bound in various head and body color modifications – olive, green, tan, brown etc. The actual pupa size and

color on the river can be easily determined by using the net and “Match the hatch” method or with a marrow spoon.

Tutorial is also available on - http://splitcane.czweb.org/flytying/simple_deep_pupa.pdf




Material list

Thread: Light brown 8/0

Head: Black or copper bead, size 3.3

Hook: Tiemco 2312, size 10-12

Body: Wapsi Ginger Antron or similar material

Rib: Copper wire or tinsel

Thorax: Natural dark or dark orange Hare Ear

Hackle : Brown hen


1. Place the hook with a black bead in the vice jaw. I prefer a black bead but you can also use silver, gold or another color.step1_zps54fayakd.jpg


2. Attach the copper wire for the body rib. Tie it at the bend of the hook as is shown by the arrow.



3. Prepare the Antron dubbing. Wind the dubbed thread forward to create the tapered body of the pupa. Leave some space

for the hackles and thorax at the head of the fly. I prefer Antron for this pupa body. You can also use another shiny syntetic

dubbing material like SLF or True Dub. The glitter of the material simulates gas inside a pupa.



4. Rib the body from a bend to the eye with the wire. Fix it with thread behind the bead head.



5. Create thorax. Prepare brown hen feather and wrap it between the body and the bead head.



6. Prepare the Hare Ear dubbing from a hare mask. Cut away a few tufts of underfur with the guard hairs from the mask.

Place the fur in the palm and mix up fibres with forefinger. You can use special dubbing rake instead. Comb out longer dark

hair from the mask and use it as the dubbing.



7. Arrange Hare Ear dubbing on the thread and tie it between hackles. Comb out the new thorax and pupa body with a

dubbing needle or Velcro.



8. Whip finish the fly. Remove the hook barb and Simple Deep Pupa is ready.




Similar pupa patterns:


Silver Deep Pupa



Hare Ear Deep Pupa



Tight lines !

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Thanks for that Petr. I am a new guy at tying flies. You just taught me how to create a fuller thorax by putting dubbing between feather.


They are a great looking fly as well.


Cheers, Ron..

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