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Some smaller patterns for use up in the Eastern Sierras in May when I can get Ally, Hero and Nick rolling towards Bridgeport, CA and the flows increase in the East Walker River. Hopefully, we will experience some snow in the mountains before then. Right now it isn’t looking real good… ( 3.3.2018…it’s coming down BIG TIME in the Eastern Sierra :thmbup:  and looking like the will be more… 3.14.2018

Completed BOX OF SMALL…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Hanak H130BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Black thread

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Blue, sized to hook

Before I went up to the High Sierra with my entire family, in August of this past year, I tied up a bunch of soft hackle flies using this UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock. It was a fish catching machine in the high elevation lakes then and again above Bishop in early November. This is a little attractor pattern for moving water using the Peacock Herl in the thorax. Try it with a black or Nickel Bead too !!!

Materials UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE(s)…# 18’s…

JOLLY KONE in Bridgeport, CA…

Bridgeport, CA in the early Spring…

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 316, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 3 short strands, Fire Orange, Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier thread, Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WINGS: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Hot Yellow

THORAX: Larva Lace Salmo Supreme – Rainbow

GLASS BEAD: Hi Lite Glass, Quicksilver, x-sm

One of the first glass bead Midges I have tied in quite awhile. This one is a flashy little critter for attraction and water that is tinted. I have a bunch of Larva Lace dubbing that needs to be used…

 

Materials YELLOWCAKE MIDGE

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

Midge water on the East Walker River…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE – Dorsey Variant…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

TREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Cream

RIB: UTC  Wire, Copper, x-sm

GLASS BEAD: Killer Caddis, Diamond Bead, Midge

It’s been awhile since I have tied any glass bead midges. Pat Dorsey’s Mercury Midge is an excellent pattern for the East Walker River, in the Spring…Right in here:

Michael with yet another Brown caught on a Midge on the EWR…

Materials CREAM MERCURY MIDGE…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 419, #18 – #20

THREAD: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WING: Oral-B Dental Floss – teased out

THORAX: Zelon Dubbing from BRF, Brachycentrus Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Jet Black, sized to hook

Just another simple little Olive Nymph on a wide gape hook. Rumor has it that Oral-B Dental Floss moves exceptionally well underwater… 🙂

Materials O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH(s)…#18’s…

HALF PINT MIDGE – Blue Ribbon Flies / Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

SHUCK: 6 strands Pearl Midge Flash, cut short

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Gold, x-sm

THORAX: BRF Zelon Dubbing, Midge Black

WING(S): 3 strands each side, Pearl Midge Flash

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, 5/64″

A Blue Ribbon Flies pattern tied here by Alan Freed. I use a lot of BRF patterns because they are simple and work REALLY well. I did this one with a gold bead and gold wire…Copper would also work as an alternative…

Materials HALF PINT MIDGE…

HALF PINT MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen / Tiemco Charcoal Gray – Thorax forward

OVERABDOMEN: Flashabou Dyed Pearl Pink #6965, 2 strands

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm – * coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Hot Pink

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

I have found that Pink can be a very useful color to use in the Spring up on the East Walker River. This is toned down a bit from another Pink pattern I use up there and a some what midge-like instead of mayfly-like – “PINKY” – I also choose NOT to slather a lot of my small midge patterns with UV Resin which, I believe, is detrimental to the segmentation effect of wire ribbing on fly patterns and extensively overused…

Materials PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA – Frechette/ Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Veevus 12/0, Tan

RIB: Veevus Body Quill, Black, lightly twisted – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

This is a Norm Frechette Midge pattern one may visit his vast collection of tie on his Blog, Flytying: New & Old. I like using Midge patterns with dramatic , accentuated ribbing.- particularly when the water is off-color in the Spring…

Materials TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…#18’s…

RAMBO NYMPH – Fulling Mill / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH #16- #20

THREAD: UTC Light Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: UTC Wire, Amber, SM

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

BEAD: Plmmeting Tungsten, Metallic Olive, sized to hook

This in a generic, all-purpose Nymph based on a Nymph pattern developed by Fulling Mill in the U.K. Their version listed on their own hook in a size #14…

Materials RAMBO NYMPH…

RAMBO NYMPH(s)…#16’s…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)… 

HOOK: Firehole Stick 637, #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward… * neither are pictured

RIB: Micro Tubing, Black

WING: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown, 2-3 strands

THORAX: BRF Zelon dubbing, Midge Black

A simple threadbare Midge pattern on a wide gape hook. These kinds of Midge patterns work well on the East Walker River,near Bridgeport, CA…

East Walker River in the Spring…

Materials BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY(s)… #18’s…

SALSA VERDE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #4 Pale Yellow – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Micro Tubing, Pheasant Tail

WING: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl, 3 strands

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Brown

I have become enamored with using micro tubing as a rib material over the past year. Both Michael and I had a lot of success up on the Madison this past Fall using a couple of simple midge patterns that incorporated it. It also worked well for me when I fished the East Walker River in September and I have a feeling that it will work in the next few weeks down below 5 Bridge on the Lower Owens River where it did not burn…

Lower Owens River below 5 Bridges…

Materials SALSA VERDE MIDGE

SALSA VERDE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE – Keefover / Variant…

HOOK:  Firehole Stick 633, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Chartreuse – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Chartreuse Thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Lt. Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, 5/64″, Metallic Green

Another pattern from “Colorado Guide Flies”, not to be confused with Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine”. This pattern was designed by John Keefover who guides for Blue Quill Angler in CO. He ties it on a TMC 101 Hook…

Materials GREEN MACHINE MIDGE…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG – Parrott / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2499SPB-BL, # 18 – or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Charcoal Grey

ABDOMEN: Flashabou, Purple, 2 strands – Deep Pearl Purple #6966

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine * coat with Hard As Hull

WING BUD: Razor Foam, Opaque White, 1.0mm

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

A variation on a Steve Parrott Midge pattern which can be found  in this book. I use a similar pattern with a yellow foam wing on the East Walker River, in Olive, in the Spring. The foam tied above the thorax area causes the fly to bob and weave in the water column – subsurface…

Materials UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG(s)…#18’s…

 

 

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Well, it is getting to be about that time…for the annual trek up to the East Side for a week or more with Michael. Michael, however, now makes his home with Aimee on the East Coast…so this year, it’s me and ALLY and HERO who will be traveling up Hwy. 395 ,to work the waters of the East Walker River and some other places that are Ally’s favorites. As usual, I will put up a photo of the pattern, add a photo of the materials used, then… describe the make-up of the pattern along with some relevant information…there are 18 patterns in this post…

Midge patterns are effective ALL year round…

MIDGES MAY 2013 -1-Finished Midge Box – May 2013…

F.Y.I – and WHY there are so many Nymph, Emerger and Cripple patterns found herein –

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

THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER COLUMN POSITIONS TO FISH AQUATIC INSECTS, IN ORDER OF EFFECTIVENESS:

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.

MADISON 2nd. Vest -2-PT and Ally on the Madison River, MT…one of my favorite photos of Ally taken by Michael…

ANGLER IMAGE BOX -1- The magnetized Fly Box from Angler’s Image…without the completed Midge patterns…good for all kinds of small patterns !!!

owens-a-h-lpc-11Ally and Hero, above Lone Pine Creek, on our arrowhead finding – target shooting – photo taking trek in March of this year…

POP EWR MIDGE _2-PT workin’ the small stuff on the East Walker River…

STUBLE MIDGE TAN -1-SUBTLE MIDGE (Tan)…

RAINBOWEWR511-3-Michael, with one of the East Walker “minnows” that hopped on a Midge pattern….

MAT SUBTLE MIDGE -1-Materials for the SUBTLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Head – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands of Nymph Shear, Amber

A simple, quick tie for that Cream-ish Tan Midge Larva on the East Walker River… Also, tie this one in Gray with a Black Ice Thread rib and a short Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White wing for that same water…

QUICKSILVER MIDGE -1-QUICKSILVER MIDGE (Olive) – Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, X-sm

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread

ABDOMEN: 6 strands, Pale Olive Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: Single Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red – pulled back and slightly upwards from the sides…

THORAX: Dyed Red Peacock Herl – Wapsi * (not pictured)

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver – Spirit River or Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis or Silver Tungsten Bead

When using Nymph Shear, the color of the thread beneath the material can influence the final color of the abdomen…play around with various colors of Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Veevus 16/0, Lagartun 74 denier or Tiemco 16/0 to get the color desired, to match the Midges on the water one will be working – and a lot of good practice in the process…


MAT QUICK S MIDGE -1-Materials for QUICKSILVER MIDGE…

SHEAR MIDGE BRN -1-SHEAR MIDGE (Brown) …

MAT SHEAR MIDGE -1-Materials for the SHEAR MIDGE (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands Nymph Shear, Brown – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Gold Tungsten or Brass, stuffed with wrapped .010 Lead

SILVER TUNG DEVIL -1-SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE …

MAT SILVER TUNG DEVIL M -1-Materials SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown – untwisted – Thorax Forward

TAIL/SHUCK: 6-8 short strands, Amber Darlon

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Gray Ice Thread, 1 strand Black Ice Thread

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing, #.8, Brown/Olive

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel (Silver), sized to hook

Something toned down in Earth accent colors for those times that the Trout are not into a real flashy, Midhe Pupa pattern…

CHOC F F MIDGE -1-CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE – Barela/Variant…

MAT CHOC FFE MIDGE -1-Materials CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #18 – #20 or Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown – Short Flashy strand (Not pictured)…the stand separates, *that is normal for this material

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire – * coat with hard As Hull for durability

WING: 1mm closed cell foam – White

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing – Chocolate

This is a variation on Jeremy Barela’s Chocolate Foam Emerger…a standard on the San Juan River…he has some other interesting Midge patterns HERE

MOCHA MIDGE -2-

MOCHA MIDGE…

IMGP0148Michael works a Cream Midge on the East Walker River…

MAT MOCHA MIDGE -1-Materials for MOCHA MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Root Beer, short strand

ABDOMEN: 2 strands White Super Hair, 1 strand Dark Brown Super Hair

WING: 6-8 Strands , White Fluoro Fiber

THORAX: (Over White thread) – UV 2 Fine & Dry, Rust

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Another Cream-ish Midge Pupa pattern that emphasizes translucence and segmentation, two important factors ( I believe ) for consistent “finny” attraction to Midge patterns…that’s why I play with materials like Super Hair, Nymph Shear and Ice Thread…

JUJU FLASH MIDGE -1-JUJU FLASH MIDGE – Craven/Variant …

MAT JUJU FLASH MID -1-Materials JUJU FLASH MIDGE…

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C 12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen -Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands Red Super Hair – 1 Strand White Super Hair

WINGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red…1 strand tied in at sides and pulled up slightly

THORAX: Black Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass stuffed with wraps of .010 lead, sized to hook

Just a variant on Charlie Craven’s great JuJu series tied on a red hook with emphasis on the color red …This color work well on occasion on Eastern Sierra tail waters and there are always some in my box(s)…

WITCH DR MIDGE -1-WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream) …

* My Panasonic Lumix with the Leica lense went to purple LCD Screen this AM which probably means that the CCD Chip went South…so, the photos are being taken with another camera until the Lumix is repaired or I move to something else in the Panasonic line with a comparable lense…please bear with me…

MAT WITCH DR MIDGE -1-Materials for WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream)…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL. #18 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Abdomen – Tiemco16/0, Brown – Thorax and Head

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: White Tiemco 16/0 tying thread – * Coast with SHAN

WINGS: 3 strands Krystal Flash, UV Gray

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Grizzly Hen Neck Feather, dub on thread with saliva – NO WAX !!!

A Midge Pupa pattern for the ubiquitous Cream Midge found on the East Walker River and many other moving waters as well…hang this one off a lead dry at least two sizes larger…a Mike Mercer “Missing Link” Caddis would be a good one for that river…

HALF MIDGE BOX -1-Gettin’ there…and always one guy out of place…recipes on these starting 4.27…DONE !!!

NOTE MIDGE -1-N.O.T.E.  MIDGE…

MAT NOTE MIDGE -1-Materials N.O.T.E. MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Short strand, Mirage Accent Opal

RIB: 1 strand Midge Rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear Stretch Flex – tip cut to a point before tying in

WING: CDC White

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, purple  – #18, 3 turns or wraps – #20, two turns or wraps

Something else in Black that could also be done with Cream, Gray, Tan, Blue, Olive , Red or Purple thread…one may take their pick from Veevus, Tiemco, Lagartun 74 Denier or Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0. Those are some of the colors and thread I use for Midges… and there are a lot of different bead colors to choose from…

MIDGES POP EW -1-The “old guy” has something on…on the East Walker River…

VOODO MIDGE OLIVE V -1-VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant …

MAT VOODOO QUILL MIDGE -1-Materials VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1150, #18 or Daiichi 1140, #18-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock Quill dyed Olive..soak in water before use …allow portions of the thread beneath to be visible – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGS: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Brahma Soft Hackle Feather, Mottled Gray – Whiting

A bit more like the original Smethurst pattern…HERE are some oth Peacock Quills from Poland, that might strike one’s fancy for use in this pattern, since Spirit River no longer offers the dyed versions…

DB ZEEB SH -1-DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

MAT DB ZEEB -1-Materials for DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

HOOK:  TMC 101, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-sm

THORAX: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, sized to hook

HACKLE: English Grouse – I V notch the feather, two soft loops of thread and spin it around the hook shank – use finger nails to spread evenly

Yes, a soft hackle Zeb(ra) Midge pattern that imitates an emerging adult and probably some other smallish creatures that inhabit a Western river biomass…

9-ewr-sized-bt-blog-7The “OLD GUY’s” favorite Midging set up – for rivers, when the flows ain’t blowin’..T & T Pardigm, 9′, 5wt., Tibor Spring Creek CL…

SB MIDGE -1-SAGEBRUSH MIDGE …

ew-30-mike-brown-2-Michael, with a typical Brown from the East Walker River, that was feeding on Midge larva and pupa…

MAT SAGE B MIDGE -1-Materials for SAGEBRUSH MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Chironomid Hook – #17

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Tiemco 16/0, Black , thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Micro Olive Floss – Cascade Crest

RIB: Lagartun X-fine copper wire

WINGS: DNA Holo Fusion, Sage – use one strand, loop , tie  on sides and angle upwards…use a flashy strand

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Light Olive

Always use white thread under floss. It adds to the translucency of the floss and make a pattern using this material more effective. Micro Floss comes in a variety of colors

P GF MIDGE -1-P GF MIDGE – Duran/Variant …

MAT P GF MIDGE -1-Materials for P GF MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 101. #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Purple Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

TRIGGER SPOT: 1 Short strand Micro Pearl Flashabou (over Black Thread)…coat with SHAN for durability

Jude Duran’s Midge patterns are mostly very simple ties that put emphasis on segmentation. He was among the first to add flash for trigger spots. I use a lot of them… and purple is a color that works when other folks haven’t arrived (they are still sleeping) or are just planning to depart (they are hungry for dinner) – in places like this:

MOO SS $3.00 BRIDGE -1-Above THAT Bridge on a river in Montana…

JD THREAD MIDGES -1-Some other Jude Duran Flash Thread Midges tied in different colors using Gudebrod rod wrapping thread…and they really work !

CCD MIDGE -1-CCD MIDGE …

MAT CCD MIDGE -1-Materials for CCD MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #16 – #18

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

RIB: Lagartun x-fine copper wire

ABDOMEN: A few strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Chartreuse – coat the finished abdomen with SHAN for durability

WING: CDC White

THORAX: STS Trilobal Dubbing, Black = clipped short

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

These little Midge Pupa emerger types work wonders on the East Walker River. I tie a lot of them using Krystal Flash Abdomens…I thought I might give some DNA products a workout…

PnP MIDGE -1-P ‘n P MIDGE …

MAT P n P MIdge -1-Materials for P ‘n P Midge…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

THREAD: Under Abdomen _ Ultra 70 denier, Fl. Shell Pink – Tiemco 16/0, DK. Brown Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Raibow Flash – Cascade Crest – or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear, Stretch Flex – cut to a point to tie in to reduce bulk…this product does not degrade as quickly as Scud Back

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub Peacock

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

…and yes, I have found pink to be an excellent color for Midges, small may Fly patterns, dries, Scuds etc…just remember, when using a latex type body covering, the material will start aging with exposure to sunlight. Don’t expect these kind of patterns to be in good shape, after a couple of seasons of languishing in ‘yer fly box…

ICE MIDGE VAR -1-ICE VOODOO MIDGE – Smethurst/Variant …

Mat ICE VD MIDGE -1-

Materials for ICE VOODOO MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22, Daiichi 1250, #18

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

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Black Ice Thread, 2 strands Rusty Brown Ice Thread..no Ice Thread ? – Use Super Hair

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a furnace hen neck feather – use saliva to dub on thread – NO WAX !!!

WINGS: 2 short lengths of Medium Brown Krystal Flash (1 strand looped at sides and pulled slightly upward)

This is a variation on Frank Smethurst’s pattern. I have also seen this pattern tied on small, down eye, straight hooks. Smethurst and Tracy Petersen are two of the few tiers who I have come across that have found an excellent use for that fluffy stuff at the base of a hen neck feather, which usually gets tossed out with the trash …video HERE.

ewr-sized-bt-moo-blog-51Another EWR Brown that Michael took on a Midge pattern…

SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE -1-SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE …

MAT SHAD GRIZ -1-Materials SHADOW GRIZ MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20,,,TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: A sparse group of strands, DNA Holo Fusion, Purple

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-small

THORAX: AZ Diamond Hair, Rainbow, #.22

WING: 2 Short Strands, Grizzly Flash, Black/White

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.3, Red

BEAD: Silver Brass stuffed with .010 lead or Silver tungsten, sized to hook

Michael and I have had a lot of success with these oddball types of Midge patterns…this is something in purple, to use when shadows are on the water in the early AM or late PM…it just kinda’ migrated out of my thinking after tremendous success with this pattern

mike-ewr-3Approaching SHADOW time on the East Walker River….

UV2 BIOT MIDGE RH -1UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE …

MAT UV2 BIOT RH MID -1-Materials UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu  C12-B, #18 -#20

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

WEIGHT: .010 lead wraps, jammed into bead

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Turkey Biot, White

RIB: Holographic Mylar Motion, Red, 1/64″

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black

BEAD: Black brass or tungsten, sized to hook

Segmentation, segmentation and segmentation…properties that have work well on Midge imitations…turkey biots come in a wide range of colors for small imitations...I will repeat this: Use white thread or pearl or silver mylar under UV 2 products to bring out the best in their reflective qualities…

390744_596181663734776_541273952_nMy Grandson Miles, preparing to do some pattern research…

NEXT: Me and Ally (and HERO) to San Francisco to watch Michael get his diploma…and then, for FRANKENFLY, an SBS on the most successful crippled Caddis pattern I have ever used…

OPOP N' HERO -1-The adventure never ends…

Graduation animated emoticon

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Winter…cold, snow, sleet, ice in the guides, lethargic Trout, hands that don’t work , many trips to the truck to warm up …and. these little guys. Fortunately, most of the Midges I tie… will work year round in the tail water fisheries we visit in the Eastern Sierras…These particular ties will be used this Spring on the Lower Owens River near Bishop, CA and the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. In this series, I have included some variants of patterns that were created by Pat Dorsey and Steve Parrott, the guys who are BLUE QUILL ANGLERS, in Evergreen, CO…their patterns WORK

Just like the ARMY, one guy is out of step…

Those red hooks are these and I get them HERE

Here are the patterns:

Steve’s Midge (Medallion Midge)/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White or Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear or Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: Black or Dark Brown Superfine Dubbing

TRIGGER SPOT: Micro Flasahbou – Pearl….for this tie, I used SM. Opal Tinsel

SHELLBACK/ WING PADS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun – Hareline

This is a Steve Parrott design, the original recipe may be found HERE. I have chosen to use a different hook and tied it in color(s) that match the small cream midges found in the Lower “O” and East Walker. For those waters, I generally go deep with my Midge patterns, in those locations, because that is where the Trout prefer to take up feeding stations…

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (side view)…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Lagartun, x-Fine Copper wire

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Orange – charge with sunlight, it “GLOWS”…

THORAX: Iridescent Peacok, Brown, Spirit River

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass – Lead or Lead Sub. – Optional

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (Tilted View) …

There is a little Brown Midge that makes it’s appearance on the Lower Owens River, in the Spring. This fellow was designed to mimic that critter. Standard chocolate wd-40’s and 50’s work well during this emergence…I offer something a bit …well...DIFFERENT. It will probably have some applications on the East Walker…the character below will, report on that…

Michael likes Midges and the East Walker River is loaded with them…

MISTLETOE MIDGE #18-#20, side view…

MISTLETOE MIDGE …tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18 or Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Chartreuse Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Holographic Tinse, Wapsi, SM

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Chartreuse…as above

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

I have been using pearl or other colored midge flash shucks on many of my Midge patterns for some time. I believe they are very effective and now, I have started playing around with materials which act as “triggers” in these, and other patterns I tie…try some…

PRE-XMAS POWER DINNER WITH Michael…to kick my FLU to the curb !!!

EVERGREEN KOREAN BBQ

Michael, in from San Francisco and the sides…

Kimchi Spicy Pork Belly Soup, BBQ Sliced Beef and Purple Rice…YUMMMmmmmmm…

BIOT BLUE KF TUNG MIDGE…side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488 #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Natural Goose Biot

RIB: Blue Krystal Flash or Blue Holographic Tinsel for extra “BLING”…

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Pearl Blue

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

BEAD: Black Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

This is more of a Midge/Mayfly hybrid than a straight Midge pupa. I have had some interesting experiences with the Browns, in the East Walker River, all year round, with blue incorporated into the fly pattern design. This is another offering for Spring, that was influenced and inspired by a pattern I saw HERE. I see some other variations, tied with Turkey and Goose Biots, using other flash materials for the ribbing, in my future…

PEPT-HO MEDALLION MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Rainbow Flash, Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: Pink Holographic Flashabou, 2 strands

RIB: Ultra wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Dun

WINGCASE/WING BUDS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

A little play on Steve Parrott’s Medallion Midge using the red Gamakatsu hook I am really becoming enamored with…the “Pinky” clobbered some nice Browns and Rainbows for us on the East Walker this past Spring…I believe this variant will see some exciting “hook-ups”…

Tilted view…

The TRADITIONAL day after Christmas Chinese Dinner with FAMILY…this year at a new place : MISSION 261 “.GUNG HAY FAT CHOY” from PT and Family !!!

$3.00 BRIDGE DIP. HOLO/RED…#16-#18…side view…

Tilted view…BECAUSE, Craig is out of the # 18′s

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Red Holographic Mylar Motion – Spirit River

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Bleached

BEAD: Silver Tung. or Brass, sized to hook

The “classic” BRF, Craig Matthew’s pattern with a new paint job…this pattern and a whole lot of variations on this theme, consistently take nice Trout…I would not be without them…

TUNG FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY…Dorsey/Variant…(the winglets are a secret trigger on the EAST WALKER RIVER)

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine or Silver, x-fine

FLASHBACK:  UTC SM Pearl Tinsel or UTC SM OPal Tinsel

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

BEAD: Tun. or Brass with Lead or Lead Sub., Black or Silver

Another Pat Dorsey original that I have taken the liberty of “tweaking”. The winglets, in this coloration combo, have acted as a trigger on this pattern with which, Michael totally outscored his Pop one afternoon and evening on the East Walker…We are talkin’ about some Browns of major proportions !!! I plan on getting EVEN

CHIRONOFLASH MIDGE PUPA…Parrott/Variant…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVERABDOMEN: Tan Micro Tubing

TRIGGER/HOT SPOT: Micro Pearl Flashabou

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

Tilted view…

This is another Steve Parrott design…simple with a “hot spot”…my variation, is once again for those chocolate/brown Midges that are seen on the Lower Owens River in the Spring…

DISSONANCE MIDGE…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Grey

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Lt. Blue Dun

ABDOMEN: Danville Silver Tinsel, 16/18

RIB: Lagartun, Blue wire, Fine

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Red/Black

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Lt. Blue

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

My experience, with stuff I tie like this…is reflected BELOW

“HEY DAD, Gimme’ another one of those…!!!”…

KG’s FULLBACK/FOAMBACK MIDGE… Glissmeyer/Variant – Chocolate…“NOW PLAYING IN EUROPE”

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Dai Riki 125, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Strands of SLF PRISM, Amber

ABDOMEN: Uni-Stretch 1x, Brown, twisted

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbing, Dark Brown

WINGCASE: Electronics packing foam

KG would be Kelly G. Glissmeyer who ties some nifty patterns. This little guy is intended for spring creeks and appeared in the WINTER 2011 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal pg. 29. Kelly tied this pattern in black using flat tying thread for the abdomen and black dubbing for the thorax. My variant is keyed for those Chocolate/Brown Lower “O” midges that will, hopefully, be lookin’ up – this Spring…I like this UNI -Stretch for the segmentation it provides…tied in other colors, it would cover a wide range of Midge hatches…

“THE BURPLE”…a Midgey-Nymphy Thingee…Gamakatsu, C12-B, #20…side view…

For this place, just about this TIME of day…

Tilted view…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco16/0 Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fibers – Hareline

OVER ABDOMEN: Blue Micro Tubing

THORAX: Arizona Simi-Seal, Purple

LEGS: Fluro Fiber, Grey

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Glass, Blueberry, SM

So the sun is starting to hang low, in the late afternoon, while we are on the East Walker River and Michael turns to me and asks, “What should I put on, Dad?” I reached into my box and handed him THIS (“Deep Purple”) “Try this as your lead” , I said. He wasn’t disappointed…this pattern may be tied with or without legs…it is meant to be used as a surface trailer or fished in the depths, as a trailer, when the sunlight is off the water’s surface…you won’t be disappointed – either

To those who are new to this tying thing…make it FUN…retain a sense of wonderment and expectation that anything produced will catch a fish…glue this look on ‘yer face – as the experiments begin at the vise:

My Grandson Miles, attempting to levitate his first milk shake at Bob’s Big Boy

NEXT: Some ties for CFR and a participation/fly box drawing at FFA

PT/TB 

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