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Blood Midge


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Chironomid larva, sometimes known as bloodworms, members of the family Chironomidae (order Diptera). They are larvae of the non-biting midges, the adults of which form large swarms near water, usually at dusk. The larvae occur in a wide range of aquatic habitats and have worm-like bodies up to 30 mm long. The common name, bloodworms, is derived from the blood-red appearance of some species (e.g. Chironomus riparius). This red coloration is due to the presence of hemoglobin which enables the larvae to exist in oxygen-depleted sediment

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Materials

Hook:Dai Riki 060 - size 16 - 22
Thread:8/0 White
Body:Red Vinyl Ribbing size midge
Bead:Silver Tungsten to fit size of hook
Color Marker:Perament Red
Gills:(Optional) White Antron yarn


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Tying Instructions

  1. Thread the bead on the hook. (If gill are to be added mount the bead so the drilled outside is towards the eye. If no gill is to be used mount the bead so that the drilled outside is towards the bend and place a few wraps of lead behind the eye to balance the bead.)
  2. Mount the hook in the vice and lay a base of thread.
  3. Attach a length of vinyl ribbing behind the eye. Stretch the ribbing as the thread is wound down the hook. Wind the thread down the bend of the hook. Bring the thread back to a point behind the hook.
  4. Stretch the vinyl ribbing and wind it forward releasing the pressure as the ribbing is wound forward. This will create a tapered body. Tie off the ribbing behind the eye.
  5. Using the red marker, color the thread red to finish the fly. Whip-finish and cement.


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