In his weekly fly-tying video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions offers a tep-by-step lesson in one of the simpler flies he’s ever features. But there’s one catch: it’s a size 24. But don’t worry about trying to handle and attach too many tiny tying materials, for this pattern features just tying thread, a little copper wire, and some permanent marker. The result is an effective midge-larva imitation that can be tied in various colors to match the naturals in the waters you fish. As you will see, Tim has already landed a sweet brown on the Simple Midge Larva for his first trout of 2016.
Maybe you will, too!
Simple Midge Larva
Hook: 3X-long natural-bend hook (here a Dai-Riki #270), sizes 20-24.
Thread.body: Yellow-olive, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, extra-small.
Head: Tying thread, colored with a permanent marker.
Tools: Needle-nose pliers.
Note: Tie this pattern in colors to match the naturals you find or in standard colors, such as white, black, and red.