[Video] Davie McPhail’s Caddis Pupa Emerger

Davie McPhail demonstrates how to tie a caddis pupa emerger in this fly tying video tutorial. I’m always amazed by his patterns, they are really miniature works of art. I hope the trout appreciate how beautiful they are!

Davie’s attention to detail in his patterns is really quite amazing. Case in point, notice how Davie trims the Organza Ribbon used to rib the fly. He tapers the Organza fibers on the lower part of the abdomen to mimic the gills of the caddis fly. Pretty neat.

As Davie notes, you can vary the colors of this pattern to match the caddis in your local streams.

Davie McPhail’s Caddis Pupa Emerger Material List

Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph Hook, Size 12
Thread: Uni-thread 8/0, Lt Cahill
Rib: Organza Ribbon, Gold
Body: Foam, Yellow
Hackle: Indian Cock Hackle, Barred Ginger
Thorax: SLF dubbing, Fiery Brown
Horns: Bonze Mallard

About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.