Big Mac Midge
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The Big Mac is a midge pattern developed by John Tavenner and is used on the San Juan River in New Mexico. The pattern is tied on small hooks - #22 and #24 - but is effective in sizes 18 and 20. The Big Mac has been fished effectively on the streams of Missouri and is excellent in our trout parks.
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||Dai-Riki 270 sizes 18-24 or TMC 3761 sizes 18
||Color of body (Danville brown is shown)
||Clear .5 mm Stretch Cord or Stretch Magic
||Small or fine wire (black shown)
||Color of thread (Danville brown shown)
||Superfine black dubbing
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- Mount the hook in the vise
- Start the thread behind the eye. Tie in the wire ribbing behind the eye
- Tie in the stretch cord and wrap over the cord and wire to the bend. Bring the thread back to a point behind the eye.
- Wrap the stretch cord forward leaving a small gap between wraps. Tie off and clip the tag end.
- Wrap the wire ribbing forward so that it lies in the gaps formed by the stretch cord. Tie off and clip the tag end.
- Form a small thorax using the black superfine dubbing. [I like to use a black permanent marker to color the thread so the original color does not show through.]
- Form a small head and clip thread. Apply head cement, optional