The Parachute Midge

You’re probably, as me, always looking for great midge patterns. The Parachute Midge is such a pattern. The Parachute Midge is as easy to tie as the CdC Midge, and just as effective on a midge hatch. The fly design is similar to the Rena Caddis pattern.


The design of this fly is reminiscent of the Rena Caddis. It is as efficient as the CdC Midge, so it’s just a matter of what I’ve got at hand that decides what I tie on the tippet.

The Parachute Midge lies a bit lower in the film, and the body profile is clearer than the CdC Midge’s profile. Even if it lacks the fuzziness of the CdC barbs, I guess the hackle fibres does the trick when it comes to attracting the fish’s intrest.

The only special thing to note when tying this is to use bug bond at the root of the wing. Press the wing backwards along the body, and apply a tiny trop of bug bond/lamp to force the wing to lie horizontal with the body.


Hook: TMC 102Y or 1XF Dry Fly Hook sizes 14-20
Thread: Benecchi 12/0 Black
Wing: White Poly yarn – as you do with a std Parachute
Abdomen: FlyRite #1 Black or thread
Hackle: Whiting Grizzly (its grizzly here – but the photo is overexposed)

Use bug bond to force the wing to lie horizontal to the body. Se the “General tab” for more guidance.

Materials are listed in order of tying.

Fishing Tips

Apply floatant and a long thin leader.