Many midge larvae are predominantly red, so you’ll find lots of patterns feature that color. Some of these tiny flies can be a pain to tie, if you’ve got fat fingers like I do. Here’s a super-simple version from the mind of Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, using just Stretch Tubing and thread to create the body. Sometimes, it’s remarkable how something so easy to create can end up looking so lifelike. As usual, Tim explains the best way to control the materials on the hook to get the desired effect.
Red and Black Midge
Hook: 3X-long Natural Bend hook (here a Dai-Riki #270), sizes 20-24.
Bead: Crystal pearl glass bead, midge size.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Body: Red Stretch Tubing, micro size.
Collar: Black thread.
Adhesive: Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers.