How to Tie a Herter’s Bastard Midge

Producer: Tim Flagler

“This is Steve Herter’s Bastard Midge, a pattern you should seriously consider as we enter winter midge season. It’s one of those flies that looks more difficult to tie than it really is.

For a hook, I’m going to use a Dai-Riki #320 uniform gap dry fly hook in size 20. Begin by getting the hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise.

For thread, I’ve loaded a bobbin with a spool of red Veevus 10/0. Get your thread started on the hook shank leaving a 2 eye length space behind the eye. Take a few wraps rearward before snipping off the tag. Continue taking thread wraps all the way back to the start of the hook bend.”