Maggies Midge

Uses

Imitates midge pupa.

Jeff Morgan writes about this fly: " When chironomids are just about to emerge, they lie perfectly parallel to the surface film, a position tough to maintain with the emaciated patterns needed to consistently fool picky fish. This pattern achieves what is needed, a flush-floating pattern without the hackle or excessive CDC that would identify it as a fraud. This fly floats best with the addition of some sort of floatant (but not on the CDC), but with the foam and CDC it can usually last a couple of fish before sinking. On this and any other emerging chironomid, you can go crazy with flash, for the naturals are often glistening like the Hope Diamond thanks to all the trapped gasses inside the pupal skin.

"You may find it helpful to first rib this fly with fine silver wire, then go over the ribbing with the pearl mylar. This will add to the durability of the fly's foam back."

How to Fish

In lakes, use the static midge presentation.

HOOK: 3X fine dry fly hook, sizes 10-16

THREAD: Black

TAIL: Few strands of white Antron yarn

BODY: Very thin sparkle dubbing (black, red, or olive)

RIBBING: Fine pearl mylar

BACK: Foam strip, colored to match body

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock dubbing , natural or golden

GILLS: White CDC, clipped short