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LaFontaine Class Pattern Sheets

Emergent Sparkle Pupa


Hook: #6-20, Std. dry

Overbody: Sparkle yarn

Underbody: Half sparkle yarn and half fur (Touch Dubbing)

Wing: Deer hair

Head: Dubbed fur or wrapped marabou fibers

Basic Color Schemes – (Wing/Body/Head)

1. Brown & Yellow – (Brown/Yellow/Brown)
2. Brown & Bright Green – (Brown/Bright Green/Brown)
3. Ginger – (Light Tan/Ginger/Ginger)
4. Dark Grey – (Gray/Dark Gray/Gray)

Diving Caddis

diving-caddisHook: #8-20, Std. wet

Rib: Stripped hackle quill or doubled thread (optional)

Body: Touch Dubbing

Underwing: Soft hackle fibers

Overwing: Clear Antron fibers

Hackle: Rooster hackle (low quality)

Main Color Schemes – (Wing/Body/Hackle)
1. Brown & Yellow – (Brown/Rusty Yellow/Brown)
2. Brown & Bright Green – (Brown/Bright Green/Brown)
3. Ginger – (Lemon/Cream/Ginger)
4. Dark Grey – (Dark Grey/Gray/Dun)

Halo Mayfly Emerger

halo-mayfly-emergerHook: #10-24, Std. dry

Tag: Clear antron (optional)  

Tail: Marabou fibers

Abdomen: Synthetic seal’s fur (dubbed thin)

Halo: Clear closed cell foam (common packing foam)

Thorax: Synthetic seal’s fur (dubbed thicker than abdomen)

Spike: Orange deer hair (extending out over the eye of the hook)

Tied in olive, brown, cream to match hatches.

Twist Nymph (Peacock version)

twist-nymphHook: #10-16, Std. nymph

Bead: Brass or black

Tail: Olive, black, or burgundy marabou fibers

Body: Peacock herl (1 strand)

Dubbing: Orange antron Touch Dubbing

Collar: Olive antron Touch Dubbing

Pheasant Tail Version
Hook: #14-20, Std. nymph
Tail: Two pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: One pheasant tail fiber
Dubbing: Orange antron Touch Dubbing
Wing Case: Six pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: Olive antron Touch Dubbing

Ostrich Herl Version
Hook: #10-16, Std. nymph
Bead: Brass
Tail: Marabou
Body: One strand ostrich herl
Dubbing: Antron Touch Dubbing to match
Collar: Antron to match
Colors: Brown, black, olive, cream, gray

Air Head


Hook: #8-16 Std. dry

Body: Mink fur, dubbed rough

Wing: Elk or deer hair

Head: Translucent closed-cell foam

Color Schemes:
1. Cream (bleached elk wing, cream body)
2. Yellow (brown deer hair, yellow body)
3. Brown (brown deer hair, brown body)
4. Olive (brown deer hair, olive body)

Double Wing


Hook: #8-18, Std. dry
Tail: Sparkle yarn (combed-out stub)
Tip: Floss (generally white)
Rear Wing: Elk hair
Body Hackle: Rooster, clipped top & bottom
Body: Touch Dubbing
Front Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Rooster

Color Schemes – (Tail/Tip/Rear Wing/Body Hackle/Body/Front Wing/Hackle):
1. Lime Green – (Lime/White/Green/Olive Grizzly/Lime Green/White/Grizzly)
2. Orange – (Burnt Orange/White/Brown/Brown/Burnt Orange/White/Grizzly)
3. Gray – (Dark Gray/White/Rust/Cree/Dark Gray/White/Grizzly)
4. Yellow – (Yellow/White/Pale Yellow/Golden Badger/Yellow/White/Grizzly)
5. Royal – (Green/Red/Brown/Coachman Brown/Peacock Herl/White/Brown)

Best Time to Use:
1. Lime Green – Mid-day and around green vegetation and wooded areas
2. Orange – Dawn and dusk
3. Gray – Overcast days
4. Yellow – Mid-day, sunny days
5. Royal – Brightest days with glare on the water


4 Responses to “LaFontaine Class Pattern Sheets”

  1. Clint Brumitt said

    Hi Monte,

    Just doing some surfing and found your site. I wanted to say again what a wonderful time I have had with the halo emerger pattern. It has saved or made the day many times.

    Your notes from the class have been very good to return to and review over this past year.

    I hope the trout are taking good care of you and that all is well.

    Clint Brumitt

  2. nwflytyer said

    Hi Clint,

    Glad you found my little site and are putting our class notes to use. With the studying you’ve done and all the experimentation with materials and patterns, perhaps I should ask you to post your notes here!

    The trout have been good this year, and I hope all is well with you.


  3. John Field said

    I am on the Clark Fork waiting for the stream to go down. I have fished Garys designs since his book on the caddis came out. His designs have given me many 50 fish afternoons. Thanks for putting his patterns up for all.

  4. Bruce Lanphar said

    I like the original version of the Twist nymph for lake fishing but the double magic aspect of the abdomen seems to be the main trigger element for either style.

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