Colorado fly-fishing legend Pat Dorsey designed the Black Beauty Midge to mimic what he saw on the water. As quoted in Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies, Dorsey said,
“I came up with the the Black Beauty one day after I’d seen so many midge shucks along the edge of the river that I could literally sweep my finger across the surface of the water and pick them up like icing off a cake. That’s when I relized how critical midge pupae are to a trout’s diet.”
In this week’s great fly-tying how-to video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie this ridiculously simple pattern, which is nothing more than thread, wire, and dubbing on a tiny hook. So twist-up a few of these for your winter-fishing adventures over the coming months.
Black Beauty Midge
Hook: Scud/emerger hook (here a Lighting Strike SE5 ), size 22.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, extra small.
Abdomen: Black tying thread.
Thorax: Black Super Fine Dubbing.
Head: Black tying thread.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers.