Olive Sparkle Body Midge
Submitted by Elaine Cook
This is turning out to be a winner for both trout and bass. It's my favorite midge and also simulates a caddis. Trying this particular pattern in a variety of types of water and fishing it with different techniques can prove very fruitful. I particularly like to suspend it under a dry fly in moving water.
|Hook:||Size 8-16 Tiemco TMC 2487, lighter wire for small to medium trout|
Tiemco TMC 2457, heavier wire for larger trout and largemouth bass
|Bead:||Gold, size appropriate for hook|
|Thread:||Brown 6/0 or 8/0 (70 denier)|
|Rib:||Medium copper wire|
|Underbody:||(Size 8-10 only) small vinyl ribbing|
|Body:||Spirit River Midge Body, olive|
1. Crimp barb.
2. Slip bead on hook, smaller hole first.
3. Start thread behind bead using 10-20 wraps to hold bead in place.
4. Attach ribbing wire to top of shank, extending to rear. Lash down with thread nearly halfway around bend (diagram #1).
5. Body is constructed differently, depending on hook size.
A. Size 16: Tie in body material at rear-most thread wraps. Wrap a three-layered body; forward in close touching wraps to bead, back in close touching wraps to the starting point, them forward again to bead. Tie off and cut excess.
B. Size 12-14: Form underbody with ribbing wire. Wrap forward in close touching wraps to two eye-lengths behind bead, then back to starting point, in close touching wraps, and tie down at rear. Bring thread forward to bead. Tie in body material behind bead and form a two-layer body by wrapping to the rear in close touching wraps, then forward in close touching wraps to the bead, tie off and cut excess.
C. Size 8-10: Attach the vinyl underbody in the same way copper wire ribbing was tied in. Bring thread forward to two eye lengths behind bead. Wrap underbody material forward in close touching wraps to one eye length behind the bead, tie off and cut excess. Tie in body material behind bead and form a two-layer body by wrapping to the rear in close touching wraps then forward in close touching wraps to the bead, tie off and cut excess.
6. Spiral copper wire forward in 5 - 6 turns. Finish with several wraps tight behind bead, then bend wire sharply back and forth until it breaks.
7. Apply coating of Zap-A-Gap or similar material to entire body and let dry.
8. Cut off butt of peacock herl, tie in behind bead and then form a dubbing loop with tying thread. Spiral herl around one side of the dubbing loop, then twist the loop and herl tight to make a peacock herl chenille. Wrap a collar with several turns of the chenille, tie off and cut excess.
9. Whip finish behind bead (see diagram no.2).
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