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2016-06-12

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The CdC Midge and The Parachute Midge

There are two dry fly midges that I’ll never go fishing without – The CdC Midge and The Parachute Midge.
Easy to tie, but act like fish magnets in the water.

By Kjell S. Rakkenes

If I only could fish with one fly, it would have been this one, The CDC Midge
If I only could fish with one fly, it would have been this one

I do not know who’s the originator to this fly, but one thing for sure: He should have the Fly Fishing Peace Price. I don’t know how many times this fly has saved the day for me. It’s a priceless pattern.

You can tie it in several ways. The most common is the way depicted with a black dubbing, white poly yarn and spun CdC as wing and legs. It is however no problem to tie it without dubbing, just the thread. If you want to go fancy, use a biot. In my opinion there are three main triggers on this fly: the messy CdC, the white wing and a clear body profile.

Therefore – remember to clear up the mess under the fly, so that the body profile is visible.

Instructions:
Hook: TMC 102Y or 1XF Dry Fly Hook sizes 14-20
Thread: Benecchi 12/0 Black
Abdomen: FlyRite #1 Black
Wing: White Poly yarn
Legs/overwing: Natural CdC, spun on the thread

CdC: Split the thread, and apply a careful amount of wax. Cut the fibers from the CdC feather using a Magic Tool. Spin. When tying drag the fibers up and back with every turn as you approach the eue – make sure some fibers suggests legs. Trim under the fly.

Materials are listed in order of tying.

Fishing tips:
Apply floatant. When wet, dry the fly with a few false cast. After a fish, just rinse in water and make false cast. Dead drift, of course.

 

 

The Parachute Midge

This is as effective as the CdC Midge. Great fly that also can represent a small stonefly
This is as effective as the CdC Midge. Great fly that also can represent a small stonefly

The Parachute Midge is as easy to tie as the CdC Midge, and just as effective on a midge hatch.

The Parachute Midge lies a bit lower in the film, and the body profile is clearer than the CdC Midge’s profile. Even if it lacks the fuzziness of the CdC barbs, I guess the hackle fibres does the trick when it comes to attracting the fish’s intrest.

The only special thing to note when tying this is to use bug bond at the root of the wing. Press the wing backwards along the body, and apply a tiny trop of bug bond/lamp to force the wing to lie horizontal with the body.

Instructions:
Hook
: TMC 102Y or 1XF Dry Fly Hook sizes 14-20
Thread: Benecchi 12/0 Black
Wing: White Poly yarn – as you do with a std Parachute
Abdomen: FlyRite #1 Black or thread
Hackle: Whiting Grizzly (its grizzly here – but the photo is overexposed)

Use bug bond to force the wing to lie horizontal to the body.

Materials are listed in order of tying.

Fishing tips:
Apply floatant and a long thin leader.

 

All material in this article is created by Kjell S. Rakkenes

Rakkenes Fly Fishing & Fly Tying

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