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    Default Superpuppan (The Super Pupae)

    One of Sweden's most popular caddis pupae imitation.

    Very easy tie and can be used in all kinds of different color combination's; The fly was originated by Lennart Bergqvist during a fishing expedition on a small creek in southern Sweden. The key to the success with this fly is to cut down the hackle barbs, so the fly lay down like an emerger and flat on the surface.

    Hook: Dry Fly std: 12-20
    Thread: 8/0 black
    Abdomen: dry fly dubbing: traditionally yellow, but vary colors to suit your own needs.
    Thorax: dry fly dubbing: traditionally black, but vary colors to suit your own needs.
    Hackle: grizzly saddle dry fly.

    Begin by running your thread down to the bend. Tie in grizzly hackle, dull side up. Dub with yellow dubbing. Move forward to about 3/5 of the length up on the shank. Dub in with black dubbing up to where you will tie in the hackle. Run the hackle up to the tie in point.

    Whip finish and secure the thread with cement. NOW COMES THE IMPORTANT STUFF: Cut the hackle barbs on top, turn around the fly and cut them on the bottom. You are left with a fly with hackle protruding only to the sides of the fly. This will enable the fly to sit low on the surface. This fly can be fished fluttering as well as dead drift. Give it a try this spring, you won't regret it.

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    Hans,
    Good to see you posting agin, hope you have been catching lots of fish Looks like a good attractor pattern to me. Is this the one you are making reference to Hans?

    http://www.swedneckflyfishing.com/superpuppa_steps.htm
    "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
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    Flyman,

    Yep, that's the one. It's one of a handful of somewhat famous Swedish fly patterns from years past.

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    Good looking pattern! Thanks, Hans. Basically it's a wooly worm with a haircut. Will have to try it. I'm thinking one tied in narrow strips of foam would be deadly on bluegill- thinking of the grandsons here.

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    Knothead, the main difference here is that it' s a key point to use different colored dubbing for the thorax area. I think it has an attraction to the fish that way. Maybe suggesting a head of some sort who knows.

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    Can't go wrong with yellow. When I asked at our TU meeting many years ago about fishing the park, I was told- anything with yellow. We'll have to experiment and see what is best. Let's see- that could mean a lot of fishing! Take care!
    Edit: I'm wondering about using peacock herl on the front with tan, yellow, or light green for the abdomen.

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