Created by Leif Ehnstrom
I like my pupas somewhat heavy, and I therefore like to use the Nymph-Head™ heavy Metal tungsten beads. The Nymph Skin makes a soft bodied fly that the fish can chew on a little. Fish it free drift in rapids and try to get the fly deep by mending the line.
Hook: Partridge Czech Nymph Hook size #12
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk, light olive
Head: Baetis Green-Olive Nymph-Head™ Heavy Metal tungsten bead
Body: Nymph Skin tanned with green marker
Thorax: SLF Squirrel dubbing dark olive
Collar: Just under thorax, hen saddle as false hackle
Wingbuds: Medallion sheeting or similar material
Take the hook and glue the bead by the hook eye.
Tie in the thread and the Nymph Skin for the abdomen. The skin should have an undercolor in light green olive.
Wind the Nymph Skin in overlapping turns up the hook. Change the tension so the most bump is at the rear part of the abdomen. Tie in a few millimeters from the bead.
Now burn the wingbuds from Medallion sheeting or similar using a stonefly burner from Tiemco in the proper size. You can of course use anoter burner. Tie in the buds each side of the abdomen, reaching about half the abdomen.
Dub almost the whole thorax.
Take a saddle feather, preferably tinted in olive, and cut the tip off.
Hold the feather underneath the fly – just a few of the herls- so that there are herls on both side of the hook. Place a couple of loose turns of the thread over the hackle stem.
Pull the hackle gently until you’ve just passed the stem end. Tie in and cut the butts. You have now got a bunch of legs on the pupa.
Now add some more dubbing and tie in – if you like – a pair of antennas. You can use almost anything but Elk hair is nice. Brush the thorax a little and trim the top. A dot of color for the eyes and the pupa is ready to catch…