The White Tail Midge is a creation of Davy Wooton, White River Guide, fly tier and lecture. This is one of Davy's go-to flies on the White River, but is successful any where midges are fished. The pattern is also tied in black. This version deviates slightly from the original pattern, but is just as effective.
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||Tiemco 100 Size 18-20.
|Body:||Red or Black Holographic Tinsel.
|Bead (Optional):||Natural or Nickel sized to hook.
|Rib:||Silver wire sized to hook.
|Thorax:||Peacock Herl or Synthetic Peacock Dubbing.
Fish under an indicator.
- Slide the bead onto the hook with the small hole towards the eye. Mount the hook in the vise and start the thread behind the eye. Lay a base of thread to the bend and return the thread to a point behind the bead.
- Tie in a small clump of white marabou winding the thread towards the bend. Pinch the marabou to about the length of one shank.
- Starting at the bend, tie in a section of wire for the ribbing. The thread is now behind the bead.
- Tie on a piece of the holographic tinsel to the bend. Return the thread to behind the eye.
- Put a dab of head cement on the body before wrapping the tinsel forward to a point behind the eye. Tie off the tinsel and cut the excess.
- Wrap the wire forward to form the ribbing. Tie it off behind the eye and cut off the excess.
- Dub a small amount of peacock dubbing on the thread and form a thorax. If peacock herl is used tie on a herl behind the bead and form a thorax. Tie off and clip the excess.
- Whip-finish and cement the head.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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