Video: How to Tie the Winter Parachute Midge

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Video: How to Tie the Winter Parachute Midge

In this week’s great tying video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions discusses his growing confidence in the color blue for winter fish

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In this week’s great tying video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions discusses his growing confidence in the color blue for winter fishing and then shows us how to tie a tiny, elegant midge pattern. Whenever I think about tying flies smaller than size 20, I worry about my fat fingers getting in the way, keeping the hook eye clear, and leaving enough of a hook gap to make a solid connection with a trout. Having known Tim for many years, I can assure you that his digits aren’t freakishly slender, so if he can do it, we can do it. And, of course, he constructs the fly in such a way that your 6X or 7X tippet should slide right through the hook eye (if you can see it, of course), and the bottom of the fly body is nice a clean.

          Winter Parachute Midge
          Hook: Scud/pupa hook (here, a Dai-Riki #135), size 22.
          Thread #1: Peacock blue, 70-denier or 8/0.
          Trailing shuck: Golden brown Antron yarn.
          Post: White polypropylene floating yarn.
          Rib/thread #2: White Veevus, 16/0.
          Hackle: Grizzly midge hackle.
          Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
          Tools: Whip-finisher, fine-point tying scissors.



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