Rainy Day Midge


Imitates a midge pupa.

Jeff Morgan writes of this fly, "This pattern came from seeing every other British pattern with a red butt. I finally tried this feature with a couple patterns and found that it worked just as well, if not better than, standard patterns. Plus it was something new (always a clincher for me)."

How to Fish

On lakes, use the deep midge presentation.

Fish deep (six to ten feet) below a strike indicator. On windy days, the waves will make the fly (via the indicator) bob up and down like a pupa trying to get going to the surface. This action can be seductive to cruising trout, for the active motion will draw attention to your small morsel from great distances. However, this technique is only effective with quick-sinking flies like the Rainy Day Midge, and other weighted pupae patterns.

Tying Directions

1. Tie on the white CDC at the head of the fly, then trim it short. Now slide the 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 a short butt section on the fly, about 1/10-1/8 the total length of the fly.

3. Tie in the black Superfloss and the Flashabou.

4. Wrap the Superfloss by stretching it and wrapping it as tight as you can. This will make the fly more slender than if you just wrapped it with loose tension. Tie off and trim.

5. Wrap the Flashabou ribbing, making 5-6 wraps to cover the abdomen. Tie off and trim.

6. Wrap a very sparse thorax of synthetic peacock dubbing. Your bead will imitate the thorax, and you just want to give a suggestion of bugginess. Too much dubbing will make your thorax far too big.

7. Whip-finish and catch some fish.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, sizes 8-14


BUTT: Red 8/0 thread or red Flashabou

BODY: Black Superfloss

RIBBING: Pearl Flashabou or fine silver mylar tinsel

THORAX: Two wraps of bronze Arizona Synthetic Peacock Dubbing

BEAD: Copper or black nickel bead

GILLS: White CDC, clipped short