This Grayling Palmer Midge variant is designed for overcast days when the Graylings are slow


At times midge fly fishing is nothing but frustrating. Fish can be spotted taking midge dry, hatching midge or buzzers, but they refuse to take you imitation. This crazy Palmer Midge might be the answer. Not my go-to midge, but has saved a few fishing trips from total disaster.

It’s really nothing special about the design, other than it looks like a bug a Grayling would want. Some say it looks like an overdressed Christmas tree. I agree to both statement, but don’t care because it works.


Hook: Mustad 94840 or TMC 100 – sizes 14-18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Black
Abdomen: Uni Pearl Tinsel
Hackle: Whiting Farms Grizzly
Rib: Super-light red wire

Materials are listed in order of tying

Fishing Tips

Apply dry floatant, such as the Dry Dip Super from Tiemco. Use a long leader and as thin tippet as you dare.