The Thread Midge was created in a tool shed in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1996. "I was a production tier at the time and, after staying up all night to complete a large order for Wendy Gunn of Lee's Ferry, I had an hour to wait for the mailman to pick up an order of Brassies, Pheasant Tails, and scads of chironomids.
Tired and not sure what I was going to tie next, I put a bead on a hook, with a little lead under the bead to hold it straight, applied some wire behind the bead and wrapped the thread on it. Voila! I tied 12 copper heads with copper wire and 12 silver beads with silver wire and included them in Wendy's order. I asked her to pass a few to her guides." ...Ted (AKA Deadly Teddly) Wellington Marble Canyon, Arizona
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|Hook:||Dai-Riki 125 or TMC 2488, Size 16-22.|
|Bead:||Silver Tungsten sized to hook or oversize one size.|
- Mount the bead on the hook.
- Place the hook in the vise and start the thread behind the bead. (Sliding lead wire under the bead will keep it from wobbling.)
- Tie on a length of silver winding the thread to the mid point of the bend of the hook. Form a tappered body with the thread.
- Stop the thread behind the bead. Wind the silver wire forward to form the ribs. Tie off the wire.
- Whip finish and add a bit of cement.
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