Poor's Midge

July 2010

                                  Fly Pattern: Poor's Midge

                         Tyer's Name: Dean Childs   
                         Date: July 7, 2010


    Fly Originator and History:  The Poor's midge was created by Utah angler Dick 
    Poor in about 1992. It represents an adult when fished dry and an emerging insect
    trying to rid its self of the shuck when fished just below the surface. It was 
    developed  for fishing the Green River tailwater and has been the most popular 
    midge pattern on all Utah streams. It has never been published or sold by the 
    large commercial fly producers. Dean recently discovered that it works very well 
    in local lakes and produces better than the standard patterns. 

                             How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line, tapered leader,  4X or 5X fluorocarbon 
    Depth range: Can be fished as a dry fly or as an emerger. 
    Suggested retrieve: Very slow or none.
    Comments: Fish this fly either on the surface or just underneath the film. 
    It represents a struggling midge trying to get rid of its shuck and get on 
    with life.

                             Fly Material
    Hook make /size / length: #16 to #22 dry fly, regular or 1X short length.
    Thread: size / color / type:  8/0 Black Uni Thread.
    Weighted? y/n: No.
    Body material / color: Thread.
    Post: Black or white CDC feather tip
    Hackle: Grizzly neck hackle.
    Shuck: Part of the hackle feather.
    Head size / color:  Small head, black

                                   Tying Steps
   1. Build up thread base the length of the hook. Build two layers of thread starting 
   and ending at the hook eye.

    2. Attach CDC post pointing forward two eye lengths from the hook eye. Post 
    should be the length of the hook shank. Leave stub of post material to build 
    up thorax. 

    3. Wrap base of post to provide structure for hackle and to cause the post to 
    be upright. Wrap thread over post stub to build up thorax.

    4. Attach hackle stem directly behind post. Hackle should be approximately 1.5 
    lengths of hook shank. Wind hackle parachute style, each wrap under the previous 
    one using 3 wraps. Remainder of hackle should be tied down facing rearward on 
    top of the hook shank. (This is the shuck).

    5. Bend post to hook shank and bind to shank at the junction of the abdomen/thorax 
    directly on top of the shuck. Leave a slight "hump" in the post material just 
    ahead of the tie down.

    6. Whip finish and apply cement very sparingly. If cement is allowed to run 
    into the CDC the fly won't float. 

          Dean Childs 06/03/10