Welcome to Copper Fly - Begginners guide to tying

The Disco Midge Fly

The Disco Midge A simple and effective midge pattern. I use this early in the spring with lots of success. I tie a few different color combinations, and use different colors of dubbing and flash. For the tutorial I have tied what I consider to be standard color, and the most productive colors for my locality. Red and silver flash have also worked well for me in the past.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Scud hook size 16-22 - Mustad C49S
  • 2-3 strands of UV flash or other colors of flash
  • Peacock dubbing
  • 6/0 or 8/0 Uni-thread black
Tie on the thread.

Tie on your thread at near the eye of the hook and wrap forward to the eye.

Dubbing The fly

Tie in 2-3 strands of flash at the eye of the hook. Larger hooks may need 3 strands while a size 22 will only need 1. This will form the body of the fly. Start wrapping the flash at the eye of the hook, and wrap to where you feel the body should end.

Tie in a hackle

Since the hook is curved, you will need to judge this as best as you can. Wrap the flash back to the eye and tie it off and trim the excess flash.

Wrap the hackle

Take a small amount of peacock dubbing and place it on your waxed thread. Rub the dubbing between your finger to form a small rope, and then wind the dubbing to form the head of the fly.

Stack and wrap

Add a whip finish to the fly, and cement the head. You can use a piece of velcro, or a bodkin to pick out some of the dubbing fibers to give the fly a buggy look.