Posts Tagged ‘Jude Duran Flytier’

Here are two methods of affixing beads to the top of hooks for Midge patterns which give the illusion of a gas bubble in the rising insect. I first saw these patterns tied by Jude Duran and Mike Mora for use on the San Juan River. Tim Tollett of Frontier Anglers in Dillon, MT at one time offered a Baetis pattern with a Mercury bead tied in as part of the thorax, a pattern I will later put up for Spring Baetis…This is the basic set up I use to attach the bead to the top of the hook:

The bead is placed on a looped section of wire ( or 6x mono ) with a long and short end. If one wishes to affix the bead with the openings to the front and rear of the hook, this loop is closed and placed behind the hook eye and tied down – front and rear, with clock and counter-clockwise loops (one of each) around the bead…long length of wire to the hook bend for rib…

To face the openings of the bead to the sides of the hook, place the bead with the open loop on top of the hook, pass both ends of wire ( or 6x mono ) through the loop and pull tight…short end of wire to the eye, long end to the bend for rib…tie down both ends…

Here are some patterns, I tie, using the beads on top of the hook…they work real good…

Peacock Blue Midge
HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer. Black

ABDOMEN: UTC, Ultra thread Peacock Blue

THORAX: Gray UV Ice Dub

RIB: UTC, Silver, x-sm

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis, Pearl Midge
A good Winter pattern for Rainbows, who really like this pattern in places like this…

Owens River, Bishop, CA…Wild Trout section…


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

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

RIB: UTC, Silver, x-sm

ABDOMEN: UTC, FL Pink, small wire – 2 coats of SHAN

BEAD: Wapsi. Killer Caddis, Diamond Midge, 15/0

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

A year round midge attractor based on the experiences of Walt Wiese and Alieen Nishimura Ellis using PINK in their fly patterns…I have been using a coatings on wire body patterns for quite a few years and firmly believe that it increases the wire pattern’s effectiveness…this come from my experiences on waters like the Stillwater, Madison, Owens, Frying Pan and East Walker…


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

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

ABDOMEN: Lagartun X-Strong Thread, 74 D., Rusty Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Hare’s Ear

RIB: UTC. Silver, x-sm

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis, Diamond Midge, 15/0

Another year round Midge pattern. Rusty Brown mimics many small insects in a river or streams biomass…this is an attractor I would not hesitate to use in a number of rivers that I fish…I am down with rusty brown


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

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer, Black

ABDOMEN: UTC Burnt Orange

RIB: UTC, Silver, x-sm

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis, Diamond, Midge, 15/0

THORAX: Rusty Brown, UV Ice Dub

Orange finds its way into Midge patterns on occasion…they work well on the San Juan and other tail waters…I keep a number of orange Midge patterns in my boxes...if it passes scrutiny of the locals found here:

It will generally work just about anywhere….Testing pool on the Owens River, Wild Trout Section…

NEXT: “O bug do vício de Monsieur Fauvet…”…and, more Midges



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