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The Westcountry is not famous for its Mayfly fishing.
However the trout will rise to them when they are about.
So it was good to get out of the workshop for a few hours and cast to a few rising fish.

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Superpupa


Developed by the Swedish fly tyer Lennart Bergqvist in the late 1970’s Superpuppan has become a worldwide phenomenon and one of the best known flies in Scandinavia. This fly is supposed to imitate a caddis pupa swimming in the surface at dark and to make a similar pattern to the water  surface. But it also works great dead drifted and has even been good searching pattern during the day.

The originals by Bergqvist were quite strict imitations that had a range of sizes and colors to imitate different species. I have simplified my Superpupa arsenal lately to feature these three colors in sizes 12 and 16 and have been using more and more the smaller ones. In the photos I used only my #16 flies.

Tying of this fly couldn’t be simpler. Just tie in a hackle to the back, dub the body in the colors you like and palmer the hackle over the body in even turns. After you have finished cut the hackle from underneath and top and leave it only on the sides.

Hook: Size 8-18 if you follow the original patterns.
Hackle: Dry fly hackle in the color you like
Body: Dry fly dubbing usually with lighter color on the back and darker on the front.