the SuperPupaPlus

dm supapupa variant
it sure doesn’t look like much but the Super Pupa is a hard-core/hard-fishing caddis pupa/emerging pattern. originating from Sweden, the mere mention of this fly’s name there brings far-away ‘in a trance’ looks. (i can’t figure out if it’s the joyful child-like glee of saying those two words or if it’s just another nickname for penis or vagina as there seems to be billions of them in colloquial Swedish… )

anyhow, Davie McPhail‘s version not only has a sexier than average body through the use of two shades of dubbing but the cdc antennae/claws/horns/antlers/feelers/party hat thing in the front will make it stand out in a hatch and this is a great accessory because nothing makes an angler (me) feel dumber than either missing a strike because i thought i was looking at my fly when in fact it was a real that the fish took or striking when the fish took a natural…

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‘cheese-eating midge

cheese-eating midge 4-3-13

at an estimated 4mm body length it wasn’t the easiest thing to get so close to the beast without it flying off and away but some encouraging words followed with promises of some fresher Gouda kept it a bay long enough to get a somewhat decent shot to be able observe this fish-food’s key elements to be later transposed to imitations of adult chironomids.
apart from getting proportionally slimmer, it’s interesting to note that the adult’s body stays basically the same as in it’s pupal stage.  the breathers, antennae and other leggy-wingy goodies are quite delicate and beautiful, transforming it from the Alieny thing below into a mini fairy. Midge Pupa - google images

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pupa image via Google Images