Friday, February 14, 2014

Featured Fly - DP Midge

Winter is the perfect time to tie small flies, especially midges.  The DP Midge was given to me by one of my fly tying clients.  Drew is a seasoned veteran of the Missouri River in Montana; many of his southeastern PA patterns were inspired by effective Missouri River flies.   This midge may have a different name, but I know it as the DP Midge.  It has been a very successful pattern for me all over the state this winter so I felt the need to share it with everyone.  As an added bonus, it is a fun fly to tie!

Hook: TMC 2457 sz. 18-22
Thread: UNI Thread 6/0 - Color of Choice 
Bead: Cyclops Beads - Color of Choice 
Tail: Krystal Flash - Pearl or Opal 
Rib: Ultra Wire sz. Sm - Color to Match Bead
Legs: Krystal Flash - Pearl or Opal  
Thorax: Ice Dub - Peacock, Black Peacock, Rust, or Pearl 

Step 1: Make a thread base. I think this fly looks better with a thicker body.

Step 2: Tie in the ultra wire.

Step 3: Tie in three pieces of Krystal Flash for the tail. Make one or two securing wraps, then cut off.

Step 4: Wrap your thread forward. Forming a nice thick body.

Step 5: Wrap the wire forward, making a nice even rib.

Step 6: Tie in 2 pieces of krystal flash on each side, making little legs.

Step 7: Using ice dub, bud the thorax. I make 3 tight wraps.

Step 8: Whip Finish, the display for picture.

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