How To Tie Midges Video & Information from The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO

The midge is generally recognized among the most versatile flies to fish, and it’s a great fly to tie for those still getting their bearings on tying flies for fly fishing. In this video, you’ll see a step-by-step demonstration on tying the famous Pat Dorsey Top Secret Midge done by the master himself. Aside from the vice and tools to tie midges, all the materials for this midge is specifically laid out in the video, and you can pause the video at the end for a comprehensive list. If you don’t have any of these materials in your supplies, you can find them at our shop in Evergreen, CO or at our online fly fishing shop where orders of $30 or more ship at no additional charge.

Why are Midges an Important Part of Fly Fishing?

Midges make up over half of all the bugs in the waters you’re likely to be fishing on. That includes standing water like lakes and ponds as well as moving waters from slow to fast currents. Because they’re so common, midges are a staple of the Trout diet. Additionally, midges are common throughout every season and in any weather. Part of what makes midges easy to tie is that they require few materials, or ingredients. Once you’re familiar with this Top Secret Midge and go to branch out in midge tying, remember a few key points. First, tie small. When fishing rivers, there usually aren’t midges that exceed a size #16 hook. Stick with hook sizes #18-22, and in winter you might stretch it into the #24-26 size hooks. Secondly, less is more when you tie midges and most fly patterns. Midges are small, so the width of the hook is enough to mimic its body. If too much material is used, the proportions can get a bit off and clue the fish in that something may not be right.