Midge season is upon us, which means that many fly tiers start stressing about creating minuscule patterns to match these tiny bugs. Luckily, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is here to help. In this great video, Tim walks you through the steps to create a size 24(!) parachute pattern, using a method that keeps all the materials under control and in place without a lot of fussiness. The keys are to keep things simple and sparse. If you follow Tim’s instructions carefully, you’ll be amazed by how little fumbling you’ll have to do.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Dai-Riki), size 24.
Thread: Bright orange Veevus, 16/0.
Tails: Grizzly saddle hackle, midge.
Post: White polypropylene floating yarn.
Body: Black Super Fine dubbing.
Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle, slightly oversize.
Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
Tools: Whip-finish tool.