Published Sep 1. 2015 - 12 months ago

HiVis Midge

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Originator: 
Darryl lampert
Pattern type: 
Dry fly
Difficulty: 
Medium
Instruction: 
  1. Start at the hook eye and run the thread about a third of the way down the shank.
  2. Tie in your post at this point – no need to wrap up the post as you would for a normal parachute fly, although I find that a slight wrap up the post makes it easier to palmer the CDC without catching the post fibres.
  3. Run the thread down to the end of the shank.
  4. Take a CDC feather and stroke the fibres so that they are at a 90 degree angle to the stalk. Do the same with a second feather and then place them one on top of the other.
  5. Clamp the one side of the two feathers using a bulldog clip, leaving about 5mm between the feather stalk and the edge of the clip.
  6. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the barbs off the feather as close to the stalk as possible.
  7. Spin the bobbin in an anti-clockwise direction until the thread starts to flatten. You can also pinch the thread between your thumb nail and index finger and run your nail over the thread a couple of times to help flatten it.
  8. Split the thread in half using a dubbing needle (I use a large embroidery needle) and hold the dubbing loop open using your finger.
  9. Place the end of the feather barbs into the dubbing loop and then pull down gently on the bobbin to lock the feathers in place.
  10. Gently spin your bobbin in a clockwise direction until the CDC fibres are well trapped and splayed in all directions.
  11. Now palmer the CDC forward and around the parachute post to the eye of the fly and tie off.
  12. The finished fly should look very rough and buggy.
  13. For faster/rougher water, use more CDC to create a bulkier fly, which will float better.
Materials: 
Hook
Grip 11011BL Size 18 or Grip 14723BL Size 20 or equivalent
Thread
Gordon Griffiths Sheer Thread 14/0 – black or colour to match CDC
Post
Antron or Poly Yarn – fl orange or colour of choice
Body
CDC Feather – black or colour of choice
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