Gary Lafontaine’s Emergent Sparkle Pupa

Gary Lafontaine studied flies for fishing purposes in more detail than most. He would use scuba gear to study the life of aquatic insects. His research would help bring fly fishermen some new patterns that were extremely effective. One of these patterns is the Emergent Sparkle Pupa. This is the pattern shown in Gary’s label above. One of the important materials in this fly pattern is what Gary referred to as “Sparkle Yarn”. This is basically Antron. Even though Gary has passed on, you can still purchase the original Sparkle Yarn as well as Gary Lafontaine related materials at

Below I have included two videos on how to tie the Emergent Sparkle Pupa. One is produced by Tightline Productions and is tied by Matt Grobert. The other video is from and tied by Curtis Fry. Both are excellent ways to tie this ground breaking pattern made possible by Gary Lafontaine’s research.


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2 Responses to Gary Lafontaine’s Emergent Sparkle Pupa

  1. Thanks for posting these two videos. Both are enjoyable. Gary LaFontaine was one of my favorites in the fly fishing industry. I’m just sorry I never had the chance to meet him.