- 210 denier thread (for the color of the midge you are imitating)
- A bead sized for the hook you are tying the fly on
- Metal wire, color to match the fly you are tying
- A curved hook, in this instructable and in the video I use an daiichi 1150
If you don't want to thumb through this instructable you can see the video on Youtube at:
Step 1: Dress the hook
Pinch the barb down on the hook. Hooks with pinched barbs are not only easy to remove from a fishes mouth but also easy to remove from clothing and skin. Mount the hook in your vise and dress the hook with your thread. Tie the thread around the hook and stop 1/2 way down the curve of the hook.
Step 2: Tie in wire
Step 3: Finish tying wire
Step 4: Make fly body
If you want a skinny midge you can skip ahead to the next step and wrap the wire, but I want a fat tapered midge body. Wrap the thread back down the shank stopping just short of where you tied in the wire, then wrap the thread back up hook behind the bead. Rewrap the hook again and stop just short of where you last ended the previous wrap and then rewrap back to the bead. Keep doing this until you have a tapered fat midge body.