Disco & Brassie Midges – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Disco & Brassie Midges

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and colder, time to stay cozy inside and tie flies for the coming season. Although, on warmer days it can be well worth a trip down to the river especially with midges. Midges are a big part of the winter fishing season to fish and fishermen alike. For the most part they are very simple to tie and yet fish can’t get enough of them. It can almost feel like cheating at times. The hardest part, if there is such a thing when tying midges, is keeping the overall fly slender like the naturals. Below are two very simple midge nymph patterns that I never leave the house without during the winter months.

Disco Midge

Fly Recipe
Thead: Smaller the better to avoid bulk. 8/0 Uni or 70 UTC are good choices
Hook: Your favorite standard scud or emerger hook (typically 18-24)
Body: Holographic tinsel
Rib: Ultra wire
Head: Dubbing or peacock herl

Start the thread a little ways behind the eye of the hook and secure the wire down the length of the hook shank. I didn’t here, but if you’re having trouble keeping the fly slender enough to your liking then try securing the wire with less but more spaced out thread wraps. Just so long as the wire isn’t going anywhere. Now you could secure the tinsel down with the wire down the hook but I like to secure it right at the back to avoid bulk.

Now wrap the tinsel forward followed bay the wire to help secure it. For the head I prefer to use a synthetic dubbing that dubs tight like Superfine, but I have also used peacock herl. Both catch fish and I don’t think one is better than the other so it’s up to you. Just try not to make the head too big, which can be hard to control with peacock if you don’t have some small feathers. Now tie off the fly.


Fly Recipe
Thead: Smaller the better to avoid bulk. 8/0 Uni or 70 UTC are good choices
Hook: Your favorite standard scud or emerger hook (typically 18-24)
Bead: Sized to match hook in preferred color
Body: Ultra wire
Head: Peacock herl

Start the thread behind the bead and tie in the wire down the length of the shank. You want to make sure that the wire follows the same path down the shank, not weaving side to side. Also make sure your thread wraps are nice and even so that it will be easier to make a good looking wire body.

Wrap the wire forward in even turns, one after the other, until almost behind the bead. Next take a feather of peacock herl (one is usually enough regardless of the hook size), and tie it in behind the bead. Twirl the peacock herl around the thread and then wrap it. This will greatly increase the durability of the fly. Finally tie the thread off in your preferred manner.

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