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Daiichi 1260, size 14


Brown 8/0


Gold 3/32" bead


Pearl crystal flash


"Poopah Tan" Vernill


Partridge fibers

Antennae: Wood duck flank fibers
Head: Brown ostrich herl

Fox Poopah

The Fox Poopah has become a fly shop staple as an emerging caddis pupa. I believe it was created by Rick Fox. It’s an easy pattern to tie, and is deadly during caddis emergence periods. I usually carry this fly in sizes 14, 16, and 18, tied with olive, tan, or orange bodies.

I always recommend tying at least a half dozen of a pattern when you sit down at the bench. You will save time in the long run, and your flies will be more uniform in appearance. It’s a real time saver to lay out your materials in a logical manner before beginning that first fly. The Fox Poopah is no exception. Before beginning, cut six ” long pieces of vernille. Using a lighter or a butane match, singe one end of each piece of vernille slightly, so that it tapers to a point. Set these aside. Take an ostrich plume, cut a dozen herls from the stem, and set these aside. Cut a 10” long piece of fine gold wire, to be used for the ribbing. Segregate 6 hooks and 6 gold beads, and cut a 10” piece of .015 lead wire. Now you are ready to begin tying this beauty.


  1. With the hook bare, place bead on hook, and apply 10 turns of .015 lead. Push the lead into the wider hole of the bead.
  2. Cover lead with thread, building a “dam” behind the lead to hold it in place. Cover the rest of the shank, going way down the bend with thread.
  3. Tie in gold wire and 3 strands of crystal flash, and move the thread forward to the bead.
  4. Take the 3 strands of crystal flash and wind them forward, covering the hook. Tie these off behind the bead.
  5. Move the thread back to a point 1/8” behind the bead, and tie in a piece of vernille with the singed end pointing out behind the hook. The tip of the vernille should extend about 1/16” behind the hook. Trim the butt of the vernille closely.
  6. Rib the vernille tightly with the gold wire. If the vernille moves around the hook, pull it back and make the next wrap of gold wire tighter than the last. Tie the wire off where the vernille was tied in.
  7. Strip the fuzz from the butt end of a partridge feather. Cut the tip out of the feather, leaving a “V” shaped piece. Place the “V” over the shank at the point where the vernille was tied in; holding the barbules tightly in place there, take 3 tight wraps around them. The legs should be pointing down and to the rear. Trim the butt of the feather off.
  8. Take a well marked wood duck flank feather and cut 2 barbs from it, taking care to keep them even. Tie them in at spot where the vernille was tied in, making them point to the rear, sticking out slightly beyond the tip of the vernille.
  9. Tie in two ostrich herls by the butt end, and wrap them forward to the bead. Tie them off there, and whip finish.


Fish this puppy as an emerger, allowing it to rise from the bottom to the top at the end of the drift.



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