Van Patten Midge
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The Van Patten Midge first found its way into my fly box after a conversation with Mark Van Patten who is a fish biologist and coordinator of the Missouri Stream Teams with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Mark gave me the recipe for the pattern while at a stream program and it has become a staple in my fly box. I called it the Van Patten Midge since Mark gave me the recipe.
I later discovered that the pattern has been around for awhile and was actually developed by a friend of Mark's - Kent Campbell. The real name of the fly is the Harvester Midge. Whether you call it the Van Patten Midge or the Harvester Midge, it is a very effective pattern.
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|Hook:||Dai-Riki 060, Tiemco 2488 or Mustad C49S; Size 16-22
|Thread:||8/0 Danville Brown (no substitute)
|Body:||Danville Brown Thread
|Bead:||Black tungsten to fit size of hook
|Gills:||White Antron Yarn
|Ribbing:||Black wire to size of hook
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- Mount the bead backward on the hook. (The drill side would then be toward the eye. This will allow the bead to slide over the front gills.)
- Place the hook in the vice and start the thread behind the eye in front of the bead.
- Tie in five or six strands of antron yarn about 1-1/2 in length.
- Whip finish, cut off and slide the bead over the yarn.
- Start the thread behind the bead and wind down a distance of about half of the hook shank
- Cut off the front gills to length. The remainder of the yarn should be tied in behind the bead (will form back gill).
- Tie in a piece of fine black wire. Wrap the thread over both the wire and antron yarn (back gill) to the bend or slightly beyond.
- Bring the thread back to a point behind the bead (Form a tapered body).
- Wrap the wire to a point behind the bead (no more than 5-6 wraps).
- Tie off the wire and whip finish.