Tube Midge Larva
"The tube midge is a simple pattern that should be adapted
for imitating the prolific midge hatches that occur on many
trout streams and lakes. It's a great way to imitate any
speciies of midge simply by varying the hook size, the color
of the thread and the translucent or opaque tubing. It can
be tied on any hook that will sllow the Larva Lace to be
stretched over the eye. On hook sizes where the hook eye
is too large, simply wrap the Larva Lace tubing on the
hook shank rather than stretch it over. Variations include
thread ribbing, short tails, peacock herl thorax, or a
Z-lon tuft wing.
Hooks: Small eye larva or nymph hook, sizes 22 to 12.
Fishing this fly has a few tricks. It is most often
fished on a standard nymphing rig with a natural drift but
it is also very productive when fished tandom with a dry
fly strike indicator.
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 thread (use color you want as ribbing).
Tail: Optional: small, short fluff of marabou.
Body: Larva Lace tubing (desired body color).
Ribbing: Tying thread.
Collar: Peacock herl or dark dubbing.
1. Place hook in vise. Secure thread to hook shank.
Start at the eye and wrap backwards evenly, right down to
hook shank, well into the bend of the hook to create the
curved body shape common on the natural. Optional:
Tie in a short, piece of marabou fluff to imitate midge pupa.
2. Cut a section of Larva Lace 2/3 to 3/4 the body size.
Slide one end of the tubing over the hook eye and push onto
hook shank. Larva Lace is stretchy but larger hooks simply
have too large an eye. Find a hook with a small eye. Push
the Larva Lace back to where you want the end of the body.
3. Start wrapping the thread over the very end of the
tubing while holding it in place. Make one secure wrap as
close to the end of the tubing as possible and then start
spiraling the thread evenly towards the hook eye. You are
imitating the segmentations of the natural insect this way.
Vary the Larva Lace tubing color and the thread color to
get a color close to the natural. If you look at the natural
bug with a magnifying glass you'll see the colors you need
to use. Black, brown, red and olive are common colors.
4. Continue to spiral wraps to the end of the tubing
and secure the end of the tubing with several wraps of
thread. If the tubing crowds the hook eye, you may want
to unwind the thread, slide the Larva Lace partially back off
the hook and trim some off, then redo body.
5. Get dubbinhg material ready by fluffing it out
into a thin strip. Fold the end of the dubbing over the
thread and then press hard between thumb and forefinger
as you twist it onto the thread. If you have problems,
tacky dubbing wax on the thread or your fingers will
help. Too much dubbing is a common mistake. Make sure
you use mere wisps of dubbing twisted to the thread
for small flies. An inch of thinly dubbed thread is all
that is needed here.
6. Wrap the firmly twisted dubbing to create
a collar just slightly thicker than the body. If you have
too much dubbing on thread, just pull off the excess.
An option is to tie in peacock herl as a collar, instead
of dubbing . . . Dubbing is more natural, herl is a good
attractor. Leave the collar off for a thin, basic larva pattern.
Make a smooth head by pulling vack any loose dubbing
fibers and make several thread wraps. Tie off using
several half hitches or with a whip finisher, and add
a drop of head cement.
Fishing the Fly:
The dry fly can be anything from a big Royal Wulff to a tiny
midge adult, like a Griffith's Gnat, but it should be a dry fly
you can see on the water. The tube midge is suspended under
the dry fly or in the surface film and will regularly take selective
trout from stillwater, spring creek and tailwater fisheries. In
lakes, use a floating or slow sinking line and fish it very slow,
with frequent pauses. Fish often cruise just above the bottom
or just under the surface to feed on midges in lakes and streams.
Many people like to fish two flies at once in lakes. Use a dropper
or tie the flies "in-line" by tying tippet material to the hook bend of
one hook to extend tippet to another fly. ~Larry Tullis