- Olive Midge Pupa
Upper River Pattern
||Mustad 80000BR size 24-28
||Black 8/0 Uni-Thread
||Olive Latex (Scud Back)
- Place the hook in the vise.
- Tie in the thread very close to the eye with only 5 or 6 wraps.
- Take a strip of olive latex and use a straight edge and rotary cutter to trim a
strip of olive scud back (latex) to about 1/16" wide.
- Cut a 45 degree angle on one end of the latex.
- Tie in the latex near the head using 5 very tight turns. Take care not to
go back down the hook too far (only as far as you want the wing case to be).
- Pull the latex tight and wrap back to the bend keeping good tension.
- Begin to wrap forward easing off the tension as you near the head of the fly to
create a tapered body (it takes a little practice).
- Tie off the latex at the head and trim.
- Finish the head/wingcase with the thread by making many turns of thread to build
- Whip finish, trim, and cement.
||Simple pattern but deadly. I think they really like the
translucence created by the latex. This was one of my best patterns last year!
Great during the midge hatch when fish are feeding on the rising pupa. The
latex can be found in many colors at the fly shop (scud back) and you can try different
combinations to match the San Juan midges. Brown is another excellent color to have.