Video: How to Tie the Serendipity Midge

The Serendipity is a variation on the British Buzzer midge patterns that have been around forever. This modern American version is credited to the late Madison River guide Russ Marigold, who showed the fly to Craig Mathews—owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana—in 1988. Marifold’s original had a smooth floss body of brown or olive, wrapped with a gold wire rib. He later began using twisted floss to create a more segmented body.

Nowadays, the Serendipity is tied with a variety of materials (including a bead head) in a wide array of colors to match both local midges, as well as caddisfly pupae. Stillwater anglers will often leave the deer-hair wing untrimmed to mimic an emerging midge in the surface film.

In this video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions offers a very simple version of the Serendipity, using a stripped hackle to create a body with definied segmentation. Working with very small hooks can be a problem, but Tim’s method of attaching the wing requires very little fine dexterity. So tie up a few of these in red, olive, and green, and give them a try on your favorite trout stream.

Serendipity from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.


          Hook: Emerger hook (here a Dai-Riki 125), sizes 14-22.
          Thread: Red, 8/0.

ody: Red stripped saddle hackle.
          Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap.
Wing: Deer body hair, tips removed.
          Head: Tying thread and head cement.

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