Rising winter fish are almost invariably eating chironomids. Those sippers are usually taking emergers which can be imitated using the Hacklestacker Midge. The pattern was illustrated in the Winter 2011 issue of Fly Tyer magazine.
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|Hook:||TMC 2487, Sizes 16-20.
|Ribbing:||Fine Silver wire.
|Hackle Post:||4X monofilament.
|Thorax:||Black Superfine dubbing.
Fish this midge as you would any emerger or midge throughout the water column. Fish it with or without an indicator.
- Mount the hook in the vise. Start the thread one eye length behind the hook eye and lay a thread base half way down the hook bend. Bring the thread back to the starting point.
- Attach the wire to the near side of the hook to a point half way down the bend.
- Form a small tapered body using the tying thread. End with the thread at the starting point behind the eye.
Spiral wrap the wire forward and tie off at the starting point. Clip excess wire.
- Tie on the monofilament (doubled) in the thorax area. The monofilament should be at a point on the shank directly above the point of the hook.
- Strip the stem of the grizzly hackle and tie in on at the thorax area. Wrap the thread to the base of monofilament. Holding both the monofilament and grizzly perpendicular to the shank, wrap the threa around both. Wrap the thread up the monofilament and hackle and then back down. Make several wraps of thread around the shank to a point behind the eye.
- Wrap the hackle around the monofilament (parachute style) and tie of on the shank. Clip the excess hackle.
- Form a thorax by dubbing the superfine over the thorax area.
- Pull the monofilament and hackle over the thorax area and tie off the monofilament behind the eye.
- Clip the excess monofilament, whip-finish, and cement the head.
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