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peregrines 03-15-2012 02:42 PM

Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
More great midge patterns for our second midge swap this year. Thanks to all participants!

Tied by Laurie
Pot Bellied Spider

Tied by Stimulator2
Mosquito Larva
Hook: Nymph 1xl 16 and 18
Thread: Black
Tail: Soft grizzly hackle barbs
Rib: Fine Copper wire
Abdomen: Stripped peacock herl
Thorax: peacock herl
Wings: Grizzly hen hackle tips
Gills: Soft grizzly hackle barbs extending out front over head

Tied by Mudbug
Bubble Wing Emerger

Tied by Darwin
Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge size 20

Tied by La_jolla1
Duster Variant Midge
Hook: Dai-Riki dry Fly size 20
Body: fine black dubbing
Hackle: Badger hackle

Tied by williamhj
Hook: Umpqua U202 size 20
Bead: 2.0 mm black brass bead
Thread: Uni 17/0 Trico thread with black permanent marker for color
Rib: Small Ultra-wire in Chartreuse
Wing: Z-lon
Thorax: Peacock Herl

Tied by kayo
Olive WD-40 Biot Midge size 20
Hook: Dry fly size 20
Thread: Olive
Tail: Mallard flank
Abdomen: Olive goose biot wound "ribbed"
Wing Pads: Mallard flank
Thorax: Olive Super Fine

Tied by Famill00
Hook: Size 22 scud hook (Use size 16-24)rBrass Bead: Gold, sized to hook (5/64" here on size 22)
Thread: Black 8/0 or smaller thread
Rib: Small gold wire (or color of your choice)
Body: Black tying thread
Wing: White Antron/Z-lon tied extending forward over eye

Tied by S fontinalis
Olive Al’s Rat
Hook: Straight eye Dry Fly size 18
Thread: Olive
Body: Olive tying thread
Thorax: Muskrat dubbing

Tied by Gatortransplant
Joni’s Deadly Chirono Blue
Hook: Curved Emerger size 18
Head: White glass bead
Body: Black thread
Rib: Blue Ultrawire, small
Wing: Herringback K Flash

Tied by Mcnerney
Iceman Midge Pupa
Hook: Dai-Riki 135-C size 16
Thread: Red 6/0 Uni behind the eye
Body: Three strans of wire, 2 olive and 1 black or mix the colors as you prefer
Thorax: Olive 6/0 thread
Coat the entire pattern with Clear Cure Goo and then Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails for hard tack free finish

Tied by Webrx
Glass Bead Chiromie

Tied by Pocono
Copperhead Nymph
Hook: Daiichi 1120 curved size 12
Thread: Olive Danville Fly Master 6/0
Body: Copper and Black UTC Ultrawire, Brassie
Gills: White Antron yarn
Collar: Peacock herl

Tied by peregrines
TDC- Thompson’s Delectable Chironomid
Hook: Nymph 1 or 2xl
Thread: Black Uni 8/0
Rib: Silver Danville’s wire, fine
Abdomen: Black fur
Thorax: same as abdomen but 2x diameter
Gills: White Ostrich herl

la_jolla1 03-15-2012 03:39 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Great job Mark for coordinating and going the extra mile

Nice ties one and all - this is a great swap



gatortransplant 03-15-2012 04:42 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Hope Joni doesn't have a problem with me naming the pattern after her, but I fished it for the first time the other day and it already has several fish, so I'd say she was right in calling it deadly!

williamhj 03-15-2012 07:57 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Thanks for posting the pictures and running the swap. I don't know the name for mine but don't think I invented it so if anyone knows what it's called, let me know. Look forward to seeing them all!

mudbug 03-15-2012 08:32 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Fantastic Job guys.

Mine is actually a Snowshoe Emerger. I have grown dissatisfied with CDC since I started using Snowshoe, so I made the change last minute.

The Pattern is pretty simple. (In order of use)
Hook: Gamakatsu c13u #18
Thread: I think it was Ultra Thread 70D in Olive or light brown
Tail: Crystal Flash
Abdomen: Moose Mane (one dark and one light). I have tried coating this with SHHAN but it gets milky and actually can peel off, so I put some 5 minute nail glue on the hook before wrapping.
Wing: Snowshoe Rabbit's foot hair - Dun
Thorax: Arizona Sparkle Dub - Blood Leech

In slow water this thing will float with the body just under the surface all day with just a false cast between drifts to shed water. In fast water you may need some floatant on the snowshoe hair.

gatortransplant 03-15-2012 08:34 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Mine is certainly not original, its basically a modified zebra midge, but Joni was talking about tying one with blue wire and how successful they are, which I had a go with. Hence the resulting name!

mudbug 03-15-2012 08:40 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012

How do you get that tapered hackle look? (small in back, larger in front), I've been trying to get that on some small dries and it always turns out the same length even when using short feathers from the collar.

la_jolla1 03-15-2012 09:03 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
I hackle these from back to front i.e. tie in at the eye and hackle backwards, then bring the thread through the hackle to the eye. Not only does it give a taper but the thread through the hackle especially with a badger gives the hint of a thorax with no extra effort. I prefer Hebert-Miner hackle to get this look.

I learnt this technique from Richard Ward, who has a great series of SBS on his blog.

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williamhj 03-19-2012 07:05 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Mark, the flies arrived today! Thanks for organizing it, they look great. I look forward to trying them out soon.

darwin 03-19-2012 08:42 PM

Re: Midge Swap #2, Winter 2012
Got mine today, a great collection of very usable flies. Well done all :D

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