Bloody C


Imitates a blood midge pupa. This pattern is suited to larger midge pupae, hatches of which often occur in desert lakes in late April and May. Although these pupae are long, they are very thin. This pattern matches the thin profile better than most conventional ties.


The body color can be changed by changing the color of Flashabou and the thorax dubbing. A silver bead can be used, if preferred.

How to Fish

In lakes, use the static midge deep midge or slow retrieve presentations.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb hook and slide on the bead. Place in vice and start thread between bead and hook eye.

2. Tie in white CDC gills at the eye of the hook. Whip-finish and cut thread. Make sure the tie-in point is not too bulky so that the bead can slide up and over it. Slide bead over the tie-in.

3. Tie on thread behind bead. Tie in mylar tinsel and red Flashabou at rear of hook.

4. Wrap up silver mylar tinsel. Tie off and trim.

5. Wrap up red Flashabou ribbing using about 6-8 evenly spaced wraps. Tie off and trim.

6. Dub two wraps of black and red (mixed) sparkle dubbing just behind the bead. Brush out slightly.

7. Whip-finish behind the bead and trim thread.

HOOK: Dai Riki, size 10-14

THREAD: black

BEADHEAD: Black 3/32 or 5/64 bead


BODY: Silver mylar tinsel

RIBBING: Red Flashabou

THORAX: 2-3 wraps of black and red mixed Antron dubbing or equivalent