Tuesday, June 28, 2011

F - Midge ---- Step by Step

I have been playing around with midges lately and found this pattern online. I changed the colors a little and added deer hair for the hackle.  Also just a side note I tied these in a thin wire scud hook but when I wanted to do the step by step I found I ran out of them so for this I had to use the thicker wire which is wrong for the pattern and could sink it. This is a real cool pattern that dumps the hook below the surface replicating the midge coming to the surface.  I found this pattern at http://www.barbosconmosca.com/

F - Midge
Hook:  Any light wire scud hook size 12-20
Thread: Olive 8/0
Tail: Callibaetis colored CDC
Rear Body: Black Floss
Rib: Chartreuse UTC 140
Wing: Callibaetis colored CDC
Upper Body: Peacock Black Dazzle Dubbing
Spinning Wire: Small wire
Hackle: Natural deer hair
Start your thread and take it to the middle of the hook.

Your tail should be about half the length of the shank.  Tie that in and make sure it is secure. I just use the tip of the feather.

Tie in your black floss and then tie in the UTC chartreuse thread. 

Wrap your floss leaving a little under 1/3 of the shank. Now rib your chartreuse thread making 5-6 ribs. This thread tends to spread out as you wrap it but I like it cause it makes the black kinda show through.

Now tie in the copper wire at the front of the hook. You may do this as your first step in the fly but it tends to get in the way.

Tie in 3 CDC feathers from the tip and wrap to the end of the floss.

Making a ball with the CDC by folding it over itself and tie it off.

Now dub your dazzle dubbing thicker at the tie off point of the CDC and taper it smaller towards the eye.  From here you can tie off your thread. You can bunch the wire up to make it easier to whip finish.

Cut your deer hair and stack it. I use a semi small clump.  A pencil size clump should do. It you do use too much hair it can be clipped off from the top after it is spun.

Using anything with a hook spin the wire. The hair will start to spin and flare out. Make sure not to over spin the wire of you could break it off.  Clip the wire however close you want.  Now add some super glue to the top of the wire and you are now done. Bend the wire forward a little like shown.

This is how the fly will sit in the water.



  1. Hey, I know this pattern!
    Good change of hackle, it's more light.
    Grettings friend!

  2. love the new header photo!!! it's so YOU! :)

  3. Wow Dustin - that is excellent. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. @ Carlos -- Thanks Buddy! I know you know it since I found it on your blog :)

    @ Tex -- Gracias, Cofisher made it for me. I have a couple others being made and will change it up and rotate them every couple days.

    @ Martin -- I had a lot of fun learning this pattern. I don't have many smaller dries on my blog cause my camera is not the best and it does not focus up close very good.

  5. Really nicely done...Looks like a great little patter. You got my wheels turning :-)

    great tutorial..thanks!

  6. Cool pattern Dustin. A couple of you blogger folks have got me tying every evening for a bit. Thanks.

  7. That fly in the header photo looks as if it could catch a few bass. I like the midge pattern, looks almost unsinkable.

  8. Thanks again for another sweet step by step. Great pics and tips too. The deer hair is a great way to save money. Great Idea. Dig the new header. Tight LInes.

  9. It wasn't necessary, I like you post one of my patterns!

  10. That fly have good sensations

  11. Nice looking fly, looks like a real killer in those situations when the bugs are getting hung up in the film. Never thought of the deer hair parachute...good idea.

  12. Great step by step photos. Thank-you!

  13. Good looking bug!
    I love to Midge on certain waters!
    Taynecomo Tail water being one of them.