Primetime Pupa Fly

Primetime Pupa

An effective caddisfly pattern designed to mimic the pupal stage of these insects.

How it's tied

The Primetime Pupa is typically tied on a curved caddis pupa hook, generally in sizes 14 to 18. The body is created using a combination of dubbing and a thin wire rib, which adds segmentation and flash. The wire is typically colored to contrast with the body, making it more visible to fish.

A thorax is then constructed with either a synthetic or natural dubbing in a contrasting color to the body, often brighter to signify the emerging insect. Strands of a shiny material such as crystal flash are tied in at the thorax to mimic the wing pads of an emerging caddisfly, with a few wraps of hackle to create the illusion of legs.

What it mimics

The Primetime Pupa is designed to mimic the pupal stage of a caddisfly, a crucial part of many freshwater food chains. As such, the fly is especially effective during caddis hatches, when fish are actively feeding on these emerging insects.

Where it's used

As a caddis pupa imitation, the Primetime Pupa is especially effective in rivers and streams with abundant caddisfly populations. It can be used in various water types, from freestone rivers to spring creeks and tailwaters.

Also see the Sparkle Pupa.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Primetime Pupa

Brook trout

Brown Trout


Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout


Caddisflies (Latin: Trichoptera)

The Primetime Pupa mimics one or more species from the insect order Caddisflies

Latin: Trichoptera

Caddisflies are aquatic insects, closely related to moths, with larvae that construct protective cases from various materials found in their environment.

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