A couple weeks ago, guide Kyle Wilkinson, of Trouts Fly Fishing, offered his “Top 10 Flies for Winter on Colorado’s Front Range,” and his list included two of Charlie Craven’s “Juju” patterns. Now, we’ve got a killer video on how to tie Craven’s Jujubee Midge, the creation of which is described on the Charlie’s Flybox website:
I developed my Jujubee Midge several years back when I was guiding on the South Platte River. Thread midges and the like are productive patterns in Cheesman Canyon, but I needed an edge for these ultra-selective fish. The Jujubee came about quite by accident one day. I was tying braided barracuda flies for an upcoming saltwater trip using SuperHair for the bodies, when I looked at the SuperHair in a different way. What if I wrapped it around a hook to form a midge body, rather than tying it on in hanks as for the cuda fly? I dug out a few smaller hooks and went to town mixing and matching the SuperHair colors to create different color patterns with contrasting ribs. The result is what you see here today.
The pattern has become wildly popular on the tailwaters of the Rockies, but fly fishers in the East have enjoyed similar success, especially in winter.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Flagler shows how to create these tiny patterns, and the most important tips deal with handling the materials. If you don’t already own plunger-style hackle pliers, you’ll want to run right out and buy some.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Dai-Riki #305), size 22-26.
Thread #1: Fluorescent white, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Body: 3 strands of Super Hair: two black, one white.
Thread #2: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Wingcase/legs: White Sparkle Organza or Fluoro Fibre.
Thorax: Black tying thread.
Note: Try the pattern in other color combinations, such as black/red.