Midge Emerger

Fly Name
Hook 10-22
Thread black & fine silver wire
Wings white closed cell foam
Tails none
Body ostrich herl & hare's ear
Hackle none

Midge Emerger

Midge Emerger

Tie in thread at forward end of body with 3 to 5 tight wraps. Wrap thread to the base of the tail. Attach wire and black ostrich herl at base of tail. Wrap thread forward.

Midge Emerger

Evenly wrap herl forward and secure with 4 or 5 tight wraps.

Midge Emerger

Trim herl to thin out the abdomen.

Midge Emerger

Evenly rib body with fine wire. About 7 to 10 turns is ideal. Secure wire with 4 or 5 tight thread wraps.

Midge Emerger

Wax thread with a light coat of wonder wax. Apply a thin amount of dubbing. Spread dubbing fibers out evenly on thread. Twist dubbing evenly on thread with thumb and forefinger.

Midge Emerger

Wrap dubbed thread evenly forward to the front end of the body. Tie off with 3 to 5 tight wraps.

Note: it is common to either over or underestimate the dubbing amount. It is easy to add more dubbing or pinch off excess dubbing.

Midge Emerger

Tie in a thin strip of closed cell foam with 4 or 5 tight wraps. Trim off its base.

Midge Emerger

Whip finish head with 4 to 8 turns. Pull tag end firmly and cut off excess thread. Place a drop of head cement on knot and allow it to penetrate both the thread base and foam stem. Trim wing so its nearly the same length of the body.

Midge Emerger

This is one of my best winter midge fly patterns. It closely mimics an emerging midge. The fly's dense body and upright foam makes it float at the surface film in an upright position. When tied in the larger sizes its also a good lake fly.

Midge Emerger


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