Phantom Midge


A midge pupa imitation. Jeff Morgan writes about this pattern: "While not an everyday pattern, this one can save the day when fish are feeding on the pupae of the nearly transparent phantom midge. The name phantom midge originated from the ghoulish 'face' that appears on the thorax of the natural, making the creature look like a miniature ghost.

"Standard patterns, with their solid colors and firm silhouettes, are almost worthless if fish are picky. A thin, flashy pattern like this one can be the only answer. A pearlescent fly, while not perfectly the clear-white of the natural, is the best color, since using exclusively clear materials will let the dark hook shank show through. I guess this insect will remain a challenge for tiers to imitate until some wacky engineer comes up with a fluorocarbon fishhook!"

How to Fish

Use the static midge, deep midge, or slow retrieve presentations.

Tying Directions

1. Tie on the white CDC at the head of the fly, then trim it short. Now slide the glass bead onto the hook and snug it up over the trimmed butts of the CDC. You can also put the bead on first, and just tie in the CDC before moving onto the rest of the fly.

2. Tie in three strands of Krystalflash and ribbing material at the bend of the hook.

3. Wrap Krystalflash all the way to the bead at the head of the fly. Keep the body thin enough to remain natural, but thick enough to keep the dark hook from showing through. Tie down and trim off excess.

4. Wrap the wire rib around the fly. I like about 8 tight wraps. Tie down and trim off excess.

5. Wrap two to three turns of the dubbing mix right behind the bead.

6. Whip finish. I like to add a thin coat of lacquer or quick epoxy to the fly to add to the opaque effect and to make it even more durable.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, sizes 10-14


BODY: Pearl Krystal Flash

RIBBING: Small silver wire

THORAX: A few wraps of 1/2 gray Scintilla dubbing and 1/2 white Wapsi Dubbing Enhancer

BEAD: Pearl glass bead

GILLS: White CDC, clipped short