RFS Soft Hackle
Greg, I think, brings up a valid point. Perhaps we should mention the insect or food item a pattern we post is tied to represent and why we tie/fish it.
Granted, this pattern is nothing very innovative, but I can attest to the fact that it catches a lot of fish, and I thought I would post in case someone else fishes caddisfly pupa patterns.
It is a soft hackle with colors similar to Dave Whitlock's nymph pattern.
I fish this as a caddis pupa imitation.
beautiful! what's the rib material?
Gold Mylar. Thanks!
Perhaps a better version and photo:
Great looking fly, Byron! Recipe?
As I said, nothing very innovative here.
Size 14 dry fly hook (Tiemco here)
small gold mylar ribbing
abdomen of Whitlock's SLF dubbing (squirrel belly color)
thorax of Whitlock's SLF dubbing (squirrel back color)
Throat a wrap and a half of natural partridge
Head of peacock.
The dubbings are Whitlock's mix, but basically it is red fox squirrel belly mixed with antron for the abdomen and red fox squirrel back mixed with antron for the thorax.
Hope that helps.
Nice, simple fly that works. I've always hoped that when people posted a fly they would do just that, tell us what insect it represents and how it is fished. I think that's a great idea. I'm going to tie a few for myself.
I love the contrasting head colors as a caddis is most likely to have. I have always done well using scruffy soft hackled flies for caddis emergences, but I think I would do even better with flies tied like this one you have shown. Nice work!
My son and I had great success with a tan X-Caddis this summer on the Madison River. It represents the next stage of the caddis, but one that is crippled. I tied this X-Caddis with the same material and colors as the pupa above.