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Tying LaFontaine’s Sparkle Emerger

November 7, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

Producer: Tim Flagler

Matt Grobert ties the late Gary LaFontaine’s highly popular Sparkle Emerger, which, videographer Tim Flagler notes, “along with the Sparkle Pupa [is] nothing short of miraculous when catching trout.”  Introduced in Gary’s groundbreaking 1981 book Caddisflies (read an excerpt here), the Sparkle patterns derived from the author’s revelation that emerging caddis rose to the surface with the aid of a bubble of air around the abdomen.