Video: How to Tie the Kaleidoscope Midge

If you love easy-to-tie, effective midge patterns, then these flies are for you. The creation of New Jersey fly tier John Collins, the Kaleidoscope Midge—in all its variations—uses no more than three materials and a little adhesive, yet the finished pattern is attractive and catches trout.

In this video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie three versions of the K Midge: the original, one with a beadhead, and one with a foam post. Carrying all three of these flies will allow you to fish a K Midge anywhere in the water column, so you can tailor your tactics to the trout’s behavior.

          Original Kaleidoscope Midge
          Hook: Scud/Pupa Hook (here, a Dai-Riki #135), sizes 20.
          Thread: Black Rainbow Iris Veevus Iridescent Thread.
          Adhesive: UV cure resin.

          Beadhead Kaleidoscope Midge
          Hook: Scud/Pupa Hook (here, a Dai-Riki #135), sizes 18.
          Bead: Rainbow bead, 5/64-inch.
          Thread: Black Rainbow Iris Veevus Iridescent Thread.
          Adhesive: UV cure resin.

          Suspender Kaleidoscope Midge
          Hook: Scud/Pupa Hook (here, a Dai-Riki #135), sizes 20.
          Thread: Black Rainbow Iris Veevus Iridescent Thread.
          Post: White craft foam.
          Adhesive: UV cure resin. 

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