Ascending Midge Pupa

, The pupae of the chironomid midge make up a large part of the ^f Stillwater trout's diet, and the naturals are taken anywhere in the ^rout1 water column, from the bottom to the surface. In order to rise to the surface, where they will transpose into the adult, the pupae buoy themselves up with gas. This gas forms a silvery sheen under the pupae's skin, which in the Ascending Midge Pupa is imitated by a thin strip of pearl Lurex tied along the top of the abdomen. Unlike some midge pupa patterns, this is a close-copy imitation, incorporating all of the major recognition points of the natural. These include the white breathing filaments at the head and tail plus the wing buds that are so noticeable in the real pupa.

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Midge Pupa


Ascending Midge Pupa Fly



Black and red feather fiber




Size 12-16

Medium-width pearl Lurex

Wing Cases:

Gray feather fiber


White marabou

Clear nylon monofilament


Gray rabbit fur


Wing Buds:

Brown goose biots




Fly Midge Pupa

1 Position the hook eye-down and secure it in the vise. Run the tying thread from the eye to well around the bend. Catch in three strands of white marabou and 1 inch (2.5cm) of medium-width pearl Lurex.

2 Catch in 2 inches (5cm) of clear nylon monofilament and two strands each of black and red feather fiber. Return the hook to the usual position. Keep the feathers next to each other and wind them around to cover two-thirds of the hook.

Eye The Wind PositionMidge Pupa Fly

3 Secure the loose ends with thread and pull the pearl Lurex over the back of the body. Secure the Lurex in place by ribbing it with evenly spaced turns of the nylon monofilament.

4 Secure the monofilament with thread and remove all the waste ends. Take a slip of gray feather fiber and catch it in position in front of the body. Dub a small pinch of gray rabbit fur onto the thread and wind on one turn.

Eye The Wind PositionRising Midge Pupa

5 Trim the ends of two brown goose biots to a rounded shape and catch them in on both sides of the thorax to form wing buds. Take a few strands of white marabou and catch them in so that they project over the eye.

6 Dub on a larger pinch of rabbit fur and wind it from the wing buds to the eye. Pull the gray feather fiber over the thorax and divide the marabou in two. Secure it in place at the eye and cast off. Trim the marabou short at both ends.

Brown trout

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