Winter is finally here in the KZN Midlands and with that means crystal clean, cold water, with limited insect life. That been said you will still find midge hatches.  Best match the hatch then!



How to tie the fly


1)      #16 Hanak BL Klinkhamer

2)      14/0 Black thread

3)      Stripped peacock quill. I prefer the hand stripped Polish quill, this one is the brown version

4)       1 peacock herl

5)      Sheep’s wool (I have used the dyed wool from my New Zealand strike indicator material)

6)      Good quality brown/ bistre CDC (I have used the MPC Bistre)

7)      Loon UV thin fly finish and UV torch


-          Tie in a post of wool (don’t be shy with volume) leaving 2mm to the eye

-          Cover the hook shank to the midpoint in the bend, If you would like a small trigger, cover the last 1mm in red thread

-          Tie in the stripped quill and gently wrap it up to 3mm from the post. Tie it in and whip finish behind the post

-          Apply a THIN coat of UV resin and cure. This protects the otherwise fragile quill and gives it a very lifelike appearance

-          Tie in the peacock quill 3mm behind the post. Wind your thread up to the post

-          Make a dubbing loop for the CDC and leave it open for now. Leave your thread just behind the eye

-          OR  if you would prefer, tie in the CDC feather against the post. Ensure the curve of the feather faces you. Leave your thread just before the eye, ensuring the thread is lying in reverse. This will assist you in tying in the CDC hackle and finishing off the fly

-          Wrap the peacock herl in covering the thorax up to just behind the eye.

-          Place two matching CDC feathers on top of each other and strip the fibers from the one side. Cut off the nasty pulled pieces leaving 3mm from your fingers.

-          Spin the dubbing loop for 3-6 spins insert your finger into the loop and spin it again from the bottom. This will create a tight gap where you will insert the CDC. Ensure that you only just put in the ends to give yourself the longest possible hackle. Spin the loop tight until the cdc is secure

-          Wrap the loop around the post from top to bottom while gently pulling the CDC fibers upward and not trapping any. Tie in the end behind the eye and you are done.


How, where and when to fish the fly


-          Fished on a floating line

-          4-5X tippet material

-          Not retrieved. If you see fish moving leave your fly, the fish will move to where it is and you won’t spook

Where and when:

-          Midges are most prolific in low light conditions. Mornings and evenings are best. BUT should there be sufficient cloud cover, there will be a hatch

-          Preferably in riffle, the edge of a riffle or in a wind lane.

-           As long as it is not flat and calm

Tight lines! 

 Wayne Ulrich Stegen

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