Steve Herter is a well-known angler and tier in Colorado, and his Bastard Midge is one of Tom Rosenbauer’s favorite midge patterns. In this great video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, you’ll see just how easy this pattern is to tie, even if it looks complex at first glance. I dig the way that Tim explains exactly how to handle the small materials before tying them in, so there’s a lot less fumbling. The end result is a great-looking pattern that will catch trout whenever midges are on the water.
Hook: Uniform-gap dry-fly hook (here a Dai-Riki #320), size 20.
Thread: Red Veevus, 10/0.
Trailing shuck: Wood-duck fibers.
Back/antennae: Bleached elk or deer hair, cleaned and stacked.
Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle, midge size.