This little size 18 Blood Midge use a small cross stitch bead for the head, and just a little weight to get the fly sinking into the water column. You can find the beads in craft stores, in a huge variety of colors, but be aware that they are breakable if you happen to hit the fly onto a hard surface.The curved scud hook, such as a C49S is used to give the fly the appearance of it swimming, and for blood worms and chironomids, these curved hooks are my own goto. It’s a great little fly for stillwater fishing, you can fish it with a dry fly line with a long leader, either with or with out a strike indicator.
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Blood Midge Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Size 18 curved scud / caddis
Head: Small petite cross stitching bead
Rib: XS red midge wire
Thorax: peacock herl
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I really like this little chironomid from Davie. One thing I really like it the economy of the thread wraps he uses to keep the fly thin. It has a nice segmentation with the quill body, and the light coat of resin will make it indestructible. Personally I would tie this on a curved shank hook
Hook: Kamasan B170 size 10
Butt: Flo- Fire Orange UTC Thread 70
Rib: Peacock Quill
Body: Black UTC 70
Thorax Cover: UTC Ice Blue Pearl
Wing Buds: Sunburst Goose Biots
Davie ties up a trio of buzzers here running through 3 different dressings for the popular UK buzzer. It’s a really a simple fly to tie and works well on both sides of the pond. I like tying mine with seal fur and tend to stick to darker colors to imitate Chironomid pupae.
Hook: Kamasan size B170
Thread: Thread colour to suit pattern
Body: Seals Fur or Sub
Breathers: Glo-Brite Multi-Yarn No16, White Etha Foam or Natural CDC Feathers