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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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
A nice little emerger to fish in the film. Hans mentions that he “greases” the CDC, so it would be alright to sub in some other materials for the post that is a bit more durable. Adding floatant to CDC will push down the air trapping barbules on the feather that help male it a natural floater. If you do use CDC, it should float nicely in the film without the floatant.
Hook: Diichi 1130
Thread: Black 16/0
Post: White CDC (3)
Body: Pheasant tail
Rib: silver wire
Thorax: Peacock or Olive Brown Ice Dub