Blood Midge

Uses

Other than casting a bare hook, you'll have a hard time finding an easier fly to tie. It imitates a blood midge larva, a red critter that is found in many lakes and some rivers.

Variations

Other useful colors are black, tan, and olive.

How to Fish

On lakes, use the static midge, deep midge or slow retrieve presentations. On rivers, use the shallow nymph presentation.

It's tough to get a small fly to break through the surface film, so you might need to use a sink-tip line or put a small split shot on the leader to make this fly sink.

 

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HOOK: 2X heavy, 2X short curved shank, turned-down eye; e.g. TMC 2457 or equivalent. Sizes 12-22

THREAD: Red

TAIL: Red marabou (optional)

RIB: Fine silver wire

BODY: Red marabou on larger hooks, but just thread on smaller ones