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M.M. Translucent Pupa

Small pearly glass beads can be used creatively to tie many different flies. These give us a chance to experiment with transparency, iridescence and density of our flies. Fly tiers willing to try new things will find that these materials create new effects that are hard to achieve by using other mat View more...
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M.M. Translucent Pupa
List of materials
MaterialsThread: 8/0, white.Hook: Partridge K12ST, Daiichi 1150, Mustad C49S or similar; sizes 8 to 16.Beads: mid brown color (I use browns and greens).Abdomen dubbing: Stalcup Micro Fine Dry Fly Dubbing.Hackle: dark Hungarian partridge feather.Immature wings: hen feather tips, mid or dark Blue Dun color.Thorax dubbing: hare´s ear or Davy Wotton Squirrel Dubbing.
Steps

Step 1

Press the barb of the hook to slide the bead. Thread the abdomen. Set the beads firmly with some thread so these don´t move. Use the vise to lock them tightly on the other side.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 1

Step 2

Tie and cut the thread at the front. Lock the beads at the back with thread. Leave some space between the beads so some dubbing fits in later.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 2

Step 3

Thread some ultra fine dubbing and carefully place it between the beads.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 3

Step 4

No additional weighing is needed with these beads.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 4

Step 5

Use a wire brush to softly take some hair out so the fly has a halo, an important aspect in pupae.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 5

Step 6

Tie the Hungarian partridge feather hackle with 2 or 3 turns so the abdomen isn’t covered and doesn’t lose its leg moves.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 6

Step 7

Prepare the two hen feathers. These should be a bit shorter than the abdomen.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 7

Step 8

Tie the two feathers, these should remain flat at the sides of the abdomen, slightly pointing down. Shape the thorax with two turns of dubbing (hare´s ear or Davy Wotton Squirrel Dubbing, Antron on this one adds more transparency).

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 8

Step 9

Tie the finish knot. Use permanent marker to paint the head brown. Loosen some thorax hair with the brush so as to give life to the fly in the water.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 9

Step 10

M.M. Translucent Pupa is now ready for an unforgettable afternoon.

Fly tying - M.M. Translucent Pupa - Step 10

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Marcelo Morales

Marcelo Morales

Guide, Fly Tying instructor, Casting instructor - Argentina

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