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Marvin Nolte's Henry's Lake Pupa
By Al and Gretchen Beatty

This fly started out as the Andelle Dragon, which was an inspiration by the French dry-fly pattern called the Andelle. It is identical to the Henry's Lake Pupa except the body is green seals' fur. In mid-summer on Henry's Lake, a very large caddisfly emerges at twilight. During a day's fishing, the empty husks from these caddis can be seen all over the water. This pattern is designed to imitate the emerging caddis.

Marvin likes to fish the Henry's Lake Pupa on a full-sink line, counted down so it is almost on the bottom, and retrieved with show, short strips. He keeps the leader short and stout; about three feet of 2X tippet. We've had the opportunity to fish with Marvin on several occassions and yes this interesting fly really does produce fish.

Materials List: Henry's Lake Pupa

    Hook:Mustad R74, size 8.

    Thread: Brown.

    Body: Tan Antron dubbing.

    Body/bubble/tail: Lemon woodduck flank.

    Hackle: Partridge, tied as a collar.

    Head: Brown dubbing.

Tying Instructions: Henry's Lake Pupa

    1. Place the hook in the vise and apply a thread base that covers most of the hook shank. Be sure to leave a long tag of tying thread at the back of the shank for use in a future step; store it in the material keeper for now. Also leave enough room at the front of the fly to later form a head.

    2. Apply tan Antron dubbing to the thread and wrap a body that covers the back 2/3 of the hook shank. Leave the tying thread hanging at the 1/3 point on the shank at the front of the body.

    3. Select a Woodduck feather with fibers long enough to form the bubble and the tail in the next step. Tie it on the hook by its tip at the front of the body and wrap a wet-style collar. Tie off the feather and trim away the waste end.

    4. Retrieve the tag of thread remaining from Step 1. Pull the woodduck fibers back over the body forming a bubble and anchor them with the thread at the end of the shank. The remaining ends form the fly's tail. Whip finish the thread and trim it from the hook. Place a drop of head cement on the whip finish.

    5. Select a partridge feather and sweep the fibers back along the stem. Tie in on the hook by its tip and wrap a two-turn wet-style collor. Trim off the waste end.

    6. Form a head of brown dubbing. Whip finish the thread, cut it from the hook, and apply a coating of head cement. ~ Al and Gretchen, ID


Credits: Excerpt from Innovative Flies and Techniques, By Al and Gretchen Beatty, published by Frank Amato Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 82112, Portland Oregon 97282; Phone: 503-653-8108

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