Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tubing & Bunny Sedge Pupa

     Readers who’ve followed the last few posts (as well as older posts) featuring variants of the Bunny Spotted Sedge Pupa might be wondering why I tie so many versions of the same insect, a caddisfly for that matter. And the simple answer might be that I can’t leave well-enough alone. And to that I might add that I believe spotted sedge to be the most important trout stream insect in the West, so deserving of more than just ‘well-enough’. There’s always something that works better. Or something that works better meeting the same hatch but on a different river, or in different light. I live beside a river where spotted sedge is the major hatch of summer, & fish over it nearly every day during the emergence season. Some evenings the sedge are coming off so thick you have to keep your mouth closed to keep from breathing them in, & the bodies of spent egg-layers so thick on the eddy seams they form mats. The imitation is competing against a bazillion naturals for attention. It’s a situation that inspires turns at the vice, again & again. So, ladies & gentlemen, yet another version of the Bunny Sedge Pupa. I tie these to meet spotted sedge, & the olive version fishes for grannom sedge as well; but the design, with some color variation, might be applied to a lot of caddis species, East & West.

Tubing & Bunny Sedge Pupa

Hook: #14 Daiichi 1150 (#10-#12 will cover great gray spotted sedge)

Thread: Camel or brown

Abdomen: Hareline standard tubing – light olive/with underbody of silver tinsel, or brown/underbody of gold tinsel

Thorax: Two turns of chestnut-brown hare’s mask dubbing – mix in a bit of black rabbit

Hackle: Brahma hen (brown partridge or grouse can be substituted)

Head: Chestnut-brown hare’s mask on a dubbing loop of the tying thread, or twist-dubbed, ahead of the hackle - & finish ~           

Fly fish NE Washington with Steven Bird: http:ucflyfishing.blogspot.com  

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