Fly of the Month: Steve's Midge
Steve Parrott, guide and store manager for the Blue Quill Angler, gave an informative presentation on the life cycle of midges and how to fish them. Following his presentation, Steve demonstrated how to tie a variety of midge patterns ranging from larvae to adults. This month’s featured fly is one of Steve’s favorites. He said that while there are many great midge pupae patterns out there, this is the one he goes to almost exclusively. The fly features a shell back and wing pads made from Medallion sheeting. A bright “trigger spot” appears just behind the thorax. And micro tubing provides a nicely segmented look for the abdomen
- Hook: Dai-Riki 310 size 20 or Tiemco 101 - size 2
- Thread: 8/0 Uni Thread - olive dun
- Abdomen: Micro tubing - olive-brown
- Thorax: Superfine dubbing - black Trigger spot: Micro flashabou -pearl Shell-back and wing pads: Medallion sheeting - dark dun
Starting at the eye, lay down an even thread base back to just short of the bend.
Tie in a section of micro tubing. Steve recommends to cut the tip of the tubing at an angle, making it easier to tie in and to reduce bulk. Once the tubing has become secured, continue to wrap back slightly past the bend. The tubing can be stretched while you are wrapping, again to reduce bulk.
Wrap the thread forward to a point just behind the eye. While stretching it, wrap the tubing forward in even, adjacent, non-overlapping wraps to the same position as the thread. Tie off and trim the excess tubing.
Wrap the tread back about 1/8th inch. Tie in a piece of micro pearl flashabou, make three wraps around the hook shank, tie off and trim the excess. This will become the bright “ trigger spot” visible just behind the thorax of the finished fly.
Prepare a strip of Medallion sheeting about 1/8 inch wide. Tie in the strip in front of the flashabou and wrap the thread back until it just touches the flashabou. Pull the Medallion sheeting forward and make sure you can still see the flash. If you cannot, unwrap the thread until you can see it.
Dub the thorax with a sparse application of super fine dubbing. Finish your dubbing behind the eye of the hook, leaving room for the head.
Pull the medallion sheeting forward over the top of the dubbed thorax and secure it with a couple of wraps just behind the eye of the hook. Leave the tag end of the sheeting extending out over the eye of the hook. Trim the tag end to about 1/2 inch in length and then split it in half lengthwise.
Pull the pieces back, one on either side of the thorax, and secure with thread wraps. Make sure they are positioned on either side of the thorax. You may have to do one at a time to get the hang of it. These two ends will become the midge’s wing pads.
Form a head and whip finish. Trim the wing pads to length, approximately the length of the thorax to finish the fly.
Thanks to Steve Parrott and all the folks at the Blue Quill Angler for their contribution to our newsletter - Tim Stechert