Sprout Midge

 

Recipe

HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 16-22

THREAD: Black

WINGPOST: White closed-cell foam, tied-in like the wingpost for a parachute fly. Trim close to the hook as the last tying step.

TAIL: Black Flashabou

BODY: Black thread

THORAX: Black synthetic dubbing

HACKLE: Black hackle tied parachute style around the white wingpost

 

Uses

This is a dandy emerging midge pattern. It is well-suited to spring creeks and fussy trout. Writer Dave Hughes calls this the "Sangre de Cristo Midge," because he first encountered it in New Mexico when fishing with members of the Sangre De Cristo Fly Fishers of Santa Fe.

 

Variations

Use different body and hackle colors to match other midge species. Good choices are olive, gray, green, tan.

Due to the fly's small size and dark color, it may be difficult for an angler to spot it on the water. Hence the High-Viz version shown here, with the black Flashabou emerging from the white foam post.

Tied in different sizes and colors, the Sprout Midge makes a fine imitation for blue-winged olives and pale morning duns. Use a brown body for the former and pale yellow or cream for the latter; size 18 for both.

 

How to Fish

Don't dress with floatant; let the wingpost support the fly so it rides flush in the film. Use standard dry fly presentations.

 

 

 

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