Queen Jane


Imitates midge pupae. The wing pads of midges can take on an orange tint as the midge begins to emerge, and trout may focus on that "hot spot." For more on this subject, see the article Hot Spots.

The most striking feature of this pattern is its extremely thin body, which is a realistic depiction of the natural. The flash on the back (rather than using it as a rib) may seem unusual, until you look at the fly from the sides. As the fish approaches the chironomid from below and then closes in at the side of the pattern, this tying style provides a tiny bit of flash right when the fish is close and debating whether to strike. This can cause reactionary strikes in fish that would otherwise reject the pattern. Using flash as ribbing can often give too much flash for some fish, and it can desensitize the fish so that the "last second flash" is meaningless.

This pattern is derived from a number of British principles and is a descendent of the many chironomid patterns sold in London area fly shops.

How to Fish

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

Tying Directions

1. Tie in black thread near the bend of the hook.

2. Tie in both Flashabou and fine silver wire with a minimum of wraps. Too many and your fly will be too fat.

3. Wrap the hook with uniform wraps of black thread to create the thin body. Do not try to give the body a taper.

4. Here's the tricky part. Wrap the wire in order to secure Flashabou on back of the fly. This requires some dexterity with the hands and some repositioning, lest the Flashabou rolls off to the sides. I try to make about 8 wraps of wire to imitate the body segments--any less and your Flashabou will roll around to the sides of the hook.

5. Tie off both wire and Flashabou. Trim excess.

6. Tie in 3 strands of peacock herl and one strand of bright orange Antron.

7. Wrap peacock to form thorax. Tie off and trim.

8. Divide yarn into two strands, and work with each separately. Twist the yarn a little bit so it doesn't flare out, and bring it around the side of the thorax. Tie off. Repeat on the other side. The cheeks should contrast sharply with the thorax, and be about 40% the width of the thorax.

9. Tie head, whip finish, and add cement.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, sizes 10-14

THREAD: Black 6/0

BODY: Black 6/0 thread

RIBBING: Fine silver wire

BACK: Single strand of pearl Flashabou

THORAX: Peacock herl

CHEEKS: Bright orange Antron or Flexifloss