A must read is Larry Wegmann’s article, Midges.   Larry has been growing midges in his home and his wife has not thrown him out yet.  But in his study, he noticed that some of his midges were green.

Gills and air bubbles were notice.  Thus my imitation of that a Green Gilled Midge with Gills and an air bubble



  1. Hook: Tiemco TMC2499BL
  2. Hook size: 16, 18, 20, 22
  3. Glass Bead: Killer Caddis MDG Diamond (cc) color core
  4. Gills: Glamour Madeira No. 8 Prism White
  5. (or materials of your choice)
  6. Thread: UTC 70 White and UNI-Thread Fl. Chartreuse 8/0
  7. Head: Brass Bead Black Nickel 1.5mm or 2.0mm
  8. Body: Stretch Tubing – Medium Fl. Chartreuse

Tying Steps:

Cut one side of the Madeira thread sorter or longer than the other side.

Tie the thread behind the bead to keep it in place and pushing against the thread and glass bead.

The gills are on the side of the midge.  Separate the short and long threads and pull to the side.  The gills is half the thorax but not larger than thorax.

Fishing Instructions:  In Larry’s article, he said, “she was high sticking and watching the contact of the leader with the water surface while at the same time watching for the erratic swimming motion or white mouth to set the hook.”   For details on midge fishing, see Dave Tucker’s article Midge Fishing Techniques.  You can also dead drift on a strike indicator.

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Green Gilled Tubing Midge

If you would like to read Larry Wegmann’s article, Midge Life History and Fly Fishing, click this link below:


If you would like to read Dave Tucker’s article, Midge Fishing Techniques, click this link below;


If you would like to see the YouTube video, click the link below.