Video: How to Tie the Winter Parachute Midge

In this week’s great tying video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions discusses his growing confidence in the color blue for winter fishing and then shows us how to tie a tiny, elegant midge pattern. Whenever I think about tying flies smaller than size 20, I worry about my fat fingers getting in the way, keeping the hook eye clear, and leaving enough of a hook gap to make a solid connection with a trout. Having known Tim for many years, I can assure you that his digits aren’t freakishly slender, so if he can do it, we can do it. And, of course, he constructs the fly in such a way that your 6X or 7X tippet should slide right through the hook eye (if you can see it, of course), and the bottom of the fly body is nice a clean.

          Winter Parachute Midge
          Hook: Scud/pupa hook (here, a Dai-Riki #135), size 22.
          Thread #1: Peacock blue, 70-denier or 8/0.
          Trailing shuck: Golden brown Antron yarn.
          Post: White polypropylene floating yarn.
          Rib/thread #2: White Veevus, 16/0.
          Hackle: Grizzly midge hackle.
          Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Tools: Whip-finisher, fine-point tying scissors.

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