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Tying the # 30- 32 Tiemco Blood Midge
Posted 18 October 2004 - 03:42 AM
The Tiemco 518's series are some of the tiniest fly hooks made.
Ok kiddies Don't try this at home! .......That is unless you have a ton of patience, a bottle of Visine and a good set of Bi- focals.
Step # 1 Bring in an extra light.
Step # 2 Clean glasses thoroughly.
Step # 3 Get a fridge magnet to hold your hooks.
Step # 4 Clip and file your finger nails smooth.
Step # 5 Remove all hang nails.
Step # 6 Apply a liberal amount of hand lotion and rub in thoroughly.
Step # 7 Get out your magnifying glass.
Step # 8 Take double dose of valium.
Tying the Tiemco # 30 & # 32 Blood Midge
Materials - Tiemco TMC 518" 30 & # 32 Midge
Thread - # 08 Uni Hot Flo.. Orange
Ribbing - very fine wire from the windings of electric slot car motor.
Bead - Mill Hills. Needlework, Micro bead, Clear
Collar - Fine hurl from base of peacock sword feather
TYING THE # 32 BLOOD MIDGE
1. After fumbling for five or six minutes trying to get that little bead on the tiny little hook with your big fat fingers, tighten the hook in your vise.
2. Now get down on your hands and knees with your magnifying glass and pick up all the hooks and beads you dropped while attempting step 1.
3. Wet your tying thread slightly by licking your fingers and running them along the thread. This will help to secure the thread tight to the hook with only a couple wraps. I actually use a small wet sponge because I don't like licking my fingers while I am fly tying. Now starting in the center of the hook, make 3 overlapping wraps to secure the thread to the hook and cut off the tag. I like to use a surgical scalpel with a hooked blade much better than a pair of fine tip scissors.
4. After only 3 wraps, so you don't bulk up the hook, tie in your wire ribbing, and wrap your thread nice and tight without overlapping, all the way back to 1/2 way around the curve of the hook. Now untwist your thread so it lies very flat on the hook, and wrap your thread forward again to where you started and secure with a single 1/2 hitch and hang your bobbin on the bobbin hanger.
5. In a clockwise direction, wrap the ribbing forward nice and even 7 times up to where you tied off your thread and secure with 2 wraps. Do not 1/2 hitch it or you will bulk up the hook too much.
6. Take a fine hurl from the base of a peacock sword feather and secure it near the tip with two more wraps and let your bobbin hang.
5. With the weight of the bobbin hanging, pull the hurl through the wraps until you come to the very tip, then pull the bobbin tight and make 3 more wraps to secure it, 2 in front of the hurl, and 1 behind the hurl and once again let your bobbin hang.
Now wrap the hurl 3 wraps forward to the bead, then three wraps back again ending off where your thread is hanging and secure with 2 wraps.
7. Whip finish off behind the hurl with 3 whips and trim your tag. Now let out a big sigh Wheeeeew ....your done. Now check out the beautiful little fly you just created with a magnifying glass.
" Hey where are you going? Your not done!" That was just practice. That was only a size # 30 hook. For the size # 32 hook with no bead, just a peacock hurl colar, all you need to do is follow the same instructions, but exercise a lot more patience and take a couple more valium. You'll be fine. Nothin to it!
Ok now your done! Now you may be excused from the fly table!
Posted 18 October 2004 - 06:34 AM
Posted 18 October 2004 - 08:13 AM
You can read about it here Troutzilla
Posted 18 October 2004 - 08:48 AM
Posted 18 October 2004 - 09:57 AM
Posted 18 October 2004 - 10:35 AM
|QUOTE (Sawcat @ Oct 18 2004, 07:33 AM)|
|I've been tying those for over a year now, except I tye them in #28 & 24. Great fly I catch a lot of fish on them! Great job on the tying sequence & photos!|
Hey Sawcat, here's a piece of trout candy I came up with a few years ago. This one is absolutely deadly! Nick I know you have also been waiting a dogs age for this one. It's my version of a San Juan. A traditional San Juan is tied at both ends with a hump in the middle, but the problem is that it rolls over in the water and looks very unnatural to a trout. Mine is only tied at the front so it has a much more realistic action like a real worm. Try it out, you'll love it. The biggest brown I'm holding in my other post was caught on this fly in a size # 18 red. I also tie it in beige, tan, med brown, green, orange & black
Tiemco Nymph hook size # 14-20
Red #08 thread
Hot Orange Micro Uni Wire ribbing.
Red Glass Micro needlework bead
2 Pc crystal flash
1 1/2"- 2" strip of red leather.
Posted 21 October 2004 - 08:39 PM
Thanks for sharing. Graham
Posted 23 October 2004 - 08:20 PM
Posted 24 October 2004 - 07:30 AM
|QUOTE (steelheadohio @ Oct 23 2004, 09:20 PM)|
|hey where is that Grand River you were talking about that you hooked that nice brown? (what state)|
It's in Ontario Canada!! Nice tie Streamside. I'd never be able to tie one that small in a month of Sunday's. I don't know if you were on the Hipwader site way back when it started by I had actually caught Troutzilla (And coined the name) and I had the pic posted on the site for a couple of months. I sold that pic to a marketing company in the mid west for a fine fee.
Posted 28 October 2004 - 06:58 AM
I tie a lot of flies in the #18 - #22 range and have had good success fishing them.
I have yet to fish anything smaller than a #22
I became interested in tying small flies after watching David Prothro tie a few #32 midges and #28 Mosquitos, a couple of years ago at the Winter Hatches . The really amazing part is that he does it with one hand. (due to a stroke the left him paralized on one side).
If you ever get a chance to watch him...make sure you do.
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:35 AM
I had troutzilla on this previous season until he decided to go on a 100ft run and spooled me.Mato its good to see that you are still active.I remember fishing with Dave Pethro in Southampton and on a Geogian Bay trib that escapes me right now as its been at least 40 years ago.
Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:26 AM
Fly tyers sure have a way at making things difficult
Why do you look at a persons profile after they make a post?