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Well, that time again…So here are some small creations for the Eastern Sierra tailwaters we fish…here is the completed box which I now like to use for all my Midge patterns…

MIDGES F-W 2012 -1-

The Fly Box came from Bob Marriott’s and is distributed by Anglers Image





HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #18 – (body)/Daiichi 1130, #20- (trailer)

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White for both abdomens – Tiemco 16/0 Black for head on trailer and behind body bead

SHUCK: Trailer – Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – 1 short strand

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for trailer, Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for body…over layed with Lagartun x-fine Copper wire

CONNECTION: 6x Fluorocarbon (Seaguar) cut a 10″ -12″ section off the spool, run through trailer eye, over hand knot tie in to body and gently snug up to bend

*COAT: Both trailer and body with Hard As Hull or S.H.A.N. – for durability and to keep algae off

BEAD: Black brass 1/16″

This is an Eastern Sierra design by guide Chris Basso out of Tom Loe’s Sierra Drifters. It has been around for a number of years and is quite successful on lakes and rivers in the Owens Valley, further North on the Upper Owens River and on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. If there are any questions on how to tie this pattern, leave me a comment and I will help ‘ya out…It is a good one !!!



HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange, 1 short strand

ABDOMEN: Mottled Nymph Rib, Copper – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red – Wapsi

CHEEKS: Flexi-Floss, Orange

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 5/64″

A deep explorer, attractor type Midge pattern…



HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL – #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 White – Under Abdomen and Thorax…then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

SHUCK/TAIL: Three short strands, Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Purple – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Behind hackle, Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quick Silver, x-sm – Spirit River

HACKLE: Starling Dyed Purple – White Fox Fur and Feather CO


THE MOO…my son Michael…pumping PURPLE on the East Walker River at twilight…

From the Winter 2013 Issue: Flyfishing & Tying Journal, “Water Entomology to Fly-Fish By”, Dave Whitlock, ppgs. 16-21…


1. Fly one to six inches above stream bottom.

2. Fly moving upward (emerging) from bottom to surface.

3. Fly resting just under the surface film.

4. Fly resting on the surface film.

5. Fly actively twitching or skittering over the surface film.


TDT (tons de terre) MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499SP BL – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – for Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun tying thread

RIB: Wapsi wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING: Looped Dun Sparkle Organza – a little mussy…it’s meant to be that way – Hareline

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Black, 5/64″, Tungsten

Earth Tones…like this:

My two EARTHY GUYS…Ally and Hero…by the San Francisco Bay…


HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand, Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl/Tan – cut 3″-4″ section separate out 1 strand…I also use this material for ribbing

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Copper Wire

THORAX: Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten Copper, sized to hook

Hareline Chironomid Braid…I love this stuff


HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl/Black – Hareline

RIB: Wapsi wire, Small, Red

WINGS: 3 short strands, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Ruby Glass Bead, xsm – Spirit River

I love this hook, I like the Chironomid Braid and the wing material has worked some miracles on East Slope Tail waters…plus, if it doesn’t work, I may use it as a Christmas ornament… Christmas Smilies - ELF

MIDGE boxes I now use…from Wapsi with magnetized bottoms…get ‘em HERE


HOOK: Alec Jackson Soft Hackle Trout Fly Hook – #17

THREAD – UNDER ABDOMEN: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Yellow/Brown – Cascade Crest

SHUCK: Three short strands Midge rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest

THORAX: #.83 Pheasant Tail Emergence Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: AAA Starling, Dyed Olive  –White Fox Fur and Feather… available HERE

There are only two people I know who are using this thread for Midges…one is Craig Matthews and the other is D. Korn…I wonder why???  …  Christmas Smilies - Xmas Present Unwrap

It comes in a wide range of colors…this is Olive…

Ally getting HERO ready for some “water” activities…


HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown – under abdomen, then – Tienco 16/0, Black for thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat with Hard As Hull or Loon UV Knotsense

Glimmer Thread comes in a number of different colors and lends its’ self to the “segmentation effect”…this material makes for some nice Serendipities as well…

Cascade Crest Glimmer Thread…

ICU MIDGE TUNGSTEN (Blue) – Maktima/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Short strand of UV Pearl, Krystal Flash

RIB: Blue Wapsi Wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Black Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

THORAX: UV Black Ice Dubbing

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook

A pattern based on Norm Maktima’s ICU series, from Umpqua, which is new for this year (2013)…I will be doing some other variants for Spring…


HOOK: Daiichi 1130 ,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest, Combo Thread . Black/White (over base of Black thread)

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red – Hareline – sized to hook

For some reason, flies that I tie, that are named after Michael and Ally, seem to catch a lot of fish (big ones too) see here

GOO FEE (Ally) on the Madison River, MT… above $3.00 Bridge…


HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red – under abdomen, then Tiemco 16/0, Black abdomen forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl Red – Hareline – 1 strand

RIB: Black Ice Thread

WINGCASE: Medium Opal Tinsel

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Dyed Black – Spirit River

LEGS: Gliss ‘N Glow, Fluoro Fibre, White

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Midge 15/0, Diamond

Solitude Fly CO offers the original of this pattern in Cream, Black and Red HERE. For me, having used the Cream version on the East Walker River, at the urging of my friend Jim Reed at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport…the experience was BLAH…this version will get a workout on the Lower Owens River…report to follow…

C-THREAD MIDGE –  Red/Black …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – under Abdomen

SHUCK: 1 strand UV Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Red/Black 6/0, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten, Black – Sized to hook

A pattern I have had in the back of my mind since I first saw this combo thread on Craig Matthew’s site…I like the segmentation, which I believe, is a very important factor in Midge Larva and Pupa…The Olive/Yellow thread variation might make an interesting Baetis/BWO abdomen for Spring…





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Putting this Caddis pattern together today…some additional tweaking and it will be done…

New Gamakatsu hooks, Tan SLF Prism, Light Dun Snow Shoe rabbit’s foot, root beer krystal flash.gold holo tinsel,tan micro tubing, Coastal deer hair, Gordon Griffiths 14/0 sheer, white and tan…


Lemme’ see here…hmmmm…I went with scraggly

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B. #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Tan and White

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Sheer White, ( built with a pronounced “hump” at the bend)

TAG: Holo Tinsel, Gold

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Midge Tubing, Tan, Grey, Olive Chart. or Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Tan, Lt. Grey, Brown/Olive, Olive, Peacock or Chocolate Brown

OUTRIGGERS: Thin strands of Snowshoe Rabbit’s Foot, Light Dun, Medium Dun or Dark Dun

UNDER WING: Three strands of Krystal Flash, Root beer, UV Tan, Olive, Rust, Pearl or UV Gray

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Tan, Natural or Darker Mottled Shades, tied “bullet “style

This Caddis Cripple/Emerger was meant to be messy. I wanted the abdomen to hang lower in the water. The abdomen is a proven design off John Barr’s Graphic Caddis. The Snowshoe Rabbit outriggers are for additional support and motion. I went with the full length of the fibers rather than clipping them. The KF under wing is for sparkle I really like SLF Prism for it’s translucent quality and sparkle…


Here are some places I would employ this pattern:

Right along the far bank about 6 inches out from those two big boulders on the Stillwater River, MT. That second boulder has a deep depression running parallel to it…big fish in there…

ANYWHERE…North or South of here, starting about 7:30 PM…

Again, uptight along the bank on the East Walker River, CA (especially under overhanging willows) when the sun has disappeared behind the hill… till dark. VERY BIG BROWNS move into this water from deeper and faster currents where they have been lurking most of the day…This is true of most waters that get pounded…Michael is kicking one in the tail right now…

Along the banks and over slots…it is surprising how many big Trout hold in very shallow water that is either stepped in or overlooked…

I subscribe to the DEAN ENDRESS philosophy of Fly Tying…”Make the SUCKA’ look alive and struggling”…. and when examining a capture for sizing, turn the bug over and go by the size of the abdomen. If, ‘ya go by the wings, a fly one size larger than the natural will end up on the tippet…

Ally testing the consistency and durability of a new dubbing material on the 4th. of July…2010

CASTERS FLY SHOP…added, 14 July, 2011…DESIGNED and tied by Luke Fastabend…Hmmmmm


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