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How to Tie a Red and Black Midge

Producer: Tim Flagler

Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “It starts with a Dai-Riki #125 in size 20. Although not terribly small, plunger-style hackle pliers make hook handling much easier. With this style hook, the barb needn’t be mashed in order to fit the bead on but I like to do it anyway. It’s hard to go wrong with a midge-sized crystal pearl glass bead. After getting the hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise, make sure the bead is located right up behind the eye.”