Posted By bpetersen on 22 Mar 2012 03:56 PM
Troutinator. right now I am more comfortable with finishing by hand but what i am doing is throwing on a couple of half hitches and then using the whip finish tool. that way the fly doesn't come unraveled when i screw up the whip finish, i use it because I want to become proficient with it. right now my smallest fly that i try to tye is a #18 zebra. I have no idea how anyone does a 26 even with a magnification lamp. What do you tye the tiger with?
My size 24 tiger midges are very simple, in my opinion. I simply slide a size 1/16 dia gold bead only a size 22 or 24 TMC 2488 (but I'm sure others will work). I make a quick wrap with black thread from the bead to halfway around the bend. I return to the bead and place a strand of small dia copper wire on the top of the hook, sliding it into the bead. I tie it into place and keeping the wire on top, I tie it back down to the middle of the bend then bring the thread back up to the bead once again. At this point, I make tight wraps with the copper wire with even spacing (spaces about the width of the wire) up the bead and tie it off. Once I trim the wire, I'll add a piece of crystal flash on top. We catch (or lose) about 90% of our local trout on these midges. I've sure you've seen the posts of our catches. Of course, you can vary to silver beads and silver wire, or even red wire, or different color beads or even thread. Heck, rarely do more than 2 or 3 of my midges ever look alike because of the variations. I fly tying friend gave me a small bag of colored beads a couple of years ago, so I now have beads in green, black (I do like the black), clear, pink, red, as well as gold and silver. For tying, I use a large magnifying glass with a light and a pair of cheap reading glasses. However, my wife (who's still a young 43) can tie these size 24 midges without the use of a magnifying glass or reading glasses. Simply amazes me.
I'm starting to experiment with some new designs and material to match some midges I found in the river. How do some of these look?