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MadisonBoats
03-01-2011, 10:31 AM
Here are the steps to tie a very simple Clinch River midge that I have found to be highly effective. I am not very secretive about my patterns and I find it rewarding that others may benefit from using them. However; I cannot post the fly patterns that are shared to me and asked to keep private.:redface:

I hope you enjoy tying this pattern and it catches some fish for you as well.

I shall call it; "The Madison-Clinch Midge"
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JoelO
03-01-2011, 06:02 PM
Very nice Shawn. What sizes do you like to tie that in? Do you use splitshot to get it down in the water column? ...it doesn't seem to carry much weight.

Thanks,

Joel

olesmoke
03-01-2011, 07:49 PM
Very nice looking bug.Thanks for sharing.Be safe

MadisonBoats
03-02-2011, 09:14 AM
Very nice Shawn. What sizes do you like to tie that in? Do you use splitshot to get it down in the water column? ...it doesn't seem to carry much weight.

Thanks,

Joel

Thank you Joel! The fly is actually heavier than it looks. I add some bulk wraps of wire for the thorax to help add weight. I like to fish this in size #18-20 in the tourist/stocked areas and size #16 in the rest of the river.

I use Xink to sink my tippet and small flies. It works great!

ChemEAngler
03-02-2011, 09:19 AM
Shawn,

Pretty cool idea using two glass beads, don't think I have seen that one before. Nicely done.

MadisonBoats
03-02-2011, 09:29 AM
Shawn,

Pretty cool idea using two glass beads, don't think I have seen that one before. Nicely done.

Thanks Travis! I originally got the idea from The Book Modern Midges that my good friend Ray gave me as a gift. The book gave me infinite ideas and methods. I enjoy seining the rivers/streams and using those midge ideas to mimic the bugs that are in current activity.

*I have created an excellent new technique to illustrate the wing-buds on a midge. I hope to post an instructional for it his week.

**Also, I have my Spring Midge Pattern to share that is about to start up...

I do not post these patterns to boast or to promote myself as any professional. I just enjoy sharing my ideas/patterns with others in hopes that I can help them have a good day or fun time.

The trout streams will become less available and eventually fly fishing could be a lost art. I find it is best to promote the sport and to help educate people on the beauty and aspects it involves. By doing so; we can help promote interest in protecting its resources=Funding!

MadisonBoats
09-23-2011, 08:47 AM
This pattern fishes well on the Clinch this time of year! Especially if you are throwing midges...

Lumber_Jack
09-23-2011, 09:36 AM
I use Xink to sink my tippet and small flies. It works great!

What's this? I'm not sure if that's a typo or not. Either way I could use a lesson on weighting midges. Thanks

MadisonBoats
09-23-2011, 04:00 PM
What's this? I'm not sure if that's a typo or not. Either way I could use a lesson on weighting midges. Thanks

I never weight my midges. Instead; I worry more about getting the correct shape and presentation. It is not a typo. I have used Xink Wet Fly Dressing for many years and it works great. It works by reducing the surface tension of your fly and tippet.

http://www.gink.com/GG-Products-StreamSide-Xink.html

http://www.gink.com/Images/carded_xink.gif

Lumber_Jack
09-23-2011, 04:09 PM
I never weight my midges. Instead; I worry more about getting the correct shape and presentation. It is not a typo. I have used Xink Wet Fly Dressing for many years and it works great. It works by reducing the surface tension of your fly and tippet.

http://www.gink.com/GG-Products-StreamSide-Xink.html

http://www.gink.com/Images/carded_xink.gif



Great info thanks for sharing

MadisonBoats
09-23-2011, 04:17 PM
Great info thanks for sharing

Neil,
Glad you found it interesting. Be careful when applying this stuff. It flows much easier than dry fly dressing and it will spurt out on you if you apply it like the thicker-dry fly stuff. Also; it stays on your fingers for a while if you use them for applying it. I like to coat my fly and the approximate drop depth of my tippet with Xink. I found this product at Kmart back in the day. They had in on clearance for about $.50 a tube. It usually retails for about $4.00 a tube. Anyhow; give it a try if you are looking to try something different. Be mindful to not get it on your indicator if you are using one.:smile:

Lumber_Jack
09-28-2011, 09:47 AM
Neil,
Glad you found it interesting. Be careful when applying this stuff. It flows much easier than dry fly dressing and it will spurt out on you if you apply it like the thicker-dry fly stuff. Also; it stays on your fingers for a while if you use them for applying it. I like to coat my fly and the approximate drop depth of my tippet with Xink. I found this product at Kmart back in the day. They had in on clearance for about $.50 a tube. It usually retails for about $4.00 a tube. Anyhow; give it a try if you are looking to try something different. Be mindful to not get it on your indicator if you are using one.:smile:

Found some Xink at the Easter Fly Shop(formerly Fly Shop of Tenn) here in Johnson City. Gonna try it out today or tomorrow. If this does away with weights I will buy a lifetime supply, I hate putting weights on.

troutmanbrook
11-30-2011, 09:41 AM
looking good Shawn. I have been doing something similar to my wire recently. instead of a few bulk wraps, i will do a few half hitches with my wire and break it off. this secures the wire, and adds a good amount of weight to the fly.
Xink is a great product to get your fly to sink without using lead or adding bulk. I have recently started using Loon Payette paste to grease my leader, works really well.

I cant wait to see the wing bud technique, and the spring midge pattern! Thanks for sharing bud!

MadisonBoats
01-01-2012, 09:24 AM
OK, I tried making a tying video for this midge. However; the camera did not show the detail that well. I will use a different one in my next videos. Anyhow; I hope this helps add some clarity to my pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=BGZWnN1qB3E#t=5s