How to Tie: The Perdi-Midge

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food ties a perdigon midge hybrid that will be sure to entice those lethargic trout this winter, the Perdi-Midge.

Difficulty: Easy

Winter is upon us, which typically means three things: cold weather, shorter days, and midges. Having an assortment of midges during this time can mean the difference between a good and bad day on the water. The Perdi-Midge offers an aspect that many traditional midge patterns lack, weight. Even on the slowest of days, this fly will simply get the job done.

The combination of a heavy bead and sparse body allows this fly to sink like a rock. This makes the Perdi-Midge deadly, as it will get down to those fish and can serve as an anchor fly in a smaller sized nymph rig. For more lethargic fish, it is key to present the fly in a way that allows for an easy meal, which makes adding another smaller dropper very useful. Adding a more natural color dropper to start the day can be an easy way to see what the fish are looking for in tandem with the Perdi-Midge.

This fly is arguably the most simple covered in the How to Tie series, but like many good things in life, simple is better. Winter fishing can be difficult and tedious, but adding the Perdi-Midge to your fly box will undoubtedly produce more trout. Go small and fish deep during these colder months. Although it may be more comfortable to stay home and tie flies, nothing beats being on the water and feeling the tug.


  • Hook: TMC 2488 H Nymph Hook – 22
  • Bead: Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads – 2 mm – Gold
  • Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread – 12/0 – Black
  • Body: Semperfli Perdigon Body – Iridescent Pearl
  • Wire: Semperfli Tying Wire – 0.1 – Copper
  • Resin: Solarez UV Cure Resin – Bone Dry .5 Oz

Now you know how to tie the Perdi-Midge.

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.

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