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Been working on a box of tiny midges myself... 20-26... it’s challenging. Takes some patience,but the reward is they are deadly at the right time.....hey its winter ,plenty of time 😊👍🏻
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I have #22 & #24 in a box that I tied in the late "70s or early '80s., I know that none of them have been used since about 1986. I even tied a few more last fall just to be doing it. And I know I'll never fish them. They simply require too small of a tippet meaning that the fish will either break off or be exhausted.
But Ard is right about where to get the hackle, any good cape will have a few.
 

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I use to be able to tie down to a size 30. These days I might be able to tie a size 20. When I do tie them I use the TMC 2488, since it has a 2X short shank. I don't tie Griffith gnats. So I've never used hackle on my tiny flies. I'll tie in a CDC wing, either back over the body or pointed forward.
This is my go-to midge pattern. This one is tied on a size 20.
FFF Wissakickon Midge (2).jpg
 

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Looking to tie some 28-30 size midges. Where would I find hackle?
I tie & fish dry patterns in that range often (24-30) and I consider hooks up to 22 still a "workable" size and can be fished on most water. I've managed to find some hackle on necks like Ard said and you might take a look at the Whiting 100 packs in the smallest size your shop stocks , I think 24 is as small as they sell them but you might find a few that have 26 size feathers. I've been able to find and hackle a few 24 & 26 but honestly smaller then that I don't think it's worth the time and money to find the feathers and I just go to CDC like the fly philly posted above.

If you do find them and pull it off I'd love to see the pictures though. I would think even with the finest thread if you could get 2-3 turns of hackle the thread would make for too think a body when you tie off ? I'd guess you would omit any type of wing ?
 

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I'm getting better to size 24 smoke jumpers, and they fish well right now, its midge season but landing anything large isn't really happening for me. They just get off. but I`m not keeping anyway and its catch and release only season.

Stoneflies, and soft hackles coming soon.
 

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//Looking to tie some 28-30 size midges. Where would I find hackle?\\

I don't have a good answer for hackle that size. Not trying to put words in your mouth but is the real question how to best float a dry fly that size?

I did some extra small dry fly fishing and found they would float well on smooth water with a little poly yarn or cdc. Smallest dry fly I caught a fish on was a sz 32. The fly was just thread and some cdc fibers that matched a cream colored midge that I'd observed. I would pre tie a couple flies this size onto a length of 8x tippet. And when I wanted to fish them, just tie that tippet to the end of leader. Inelegant but completely functional.
 

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On your cape , closest to the top of neck,usually nice size ,other then that theres always the option of “ whitting 100 pack for midges.......but i think for the really small that you seem to be working on i think you would have better options for smaller hackles on a cape at top closer to the neck......
 

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I might be able to find some 30's on him that he will give up if you want ...........

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