anantron midge

for all of us that are in the warmer climes right now, it’s pretty certain there’s some major midge hatches going on. (i live right next to a canal now and the other night the ducks and fish where slurping an enormous hatch so loudly that i thought it was raining and triple-looked upwards, arms outstretched awaiting the much needed drops !)
the silhouette of this Antron Midge, an offshoot of the myriad collection of Lafontaine’s gems is just the ticket for these hatches. with the sunken abdomen and wings and legs sticking out all over, it’s all fish attracting strong silhouette and strong trigger points.

as my own offshoot to this great pattern, several years ago i started tying it with a few variances.
– using a light wire grub/scud hook because i firmly believe they hold fish better and to further pronounce the curved submerged body of chironomids while they’re doing their emerging thing and,
– not including the wing which makes the pattern more of a ‘generic bug’ if the fish aren’t specifically clued-in on midges.
– replacing the Antron with a material that floats better: polypropylene, Aerowing or any other hollow-fibered synthetic or cdc or thin translucent foam sheets often used to protect electronic equipment.
– not really a variance but to turn this fly into a very good winged ant pattern without changing anything else,  all it would take is to shorten the body by stopping the thread winding at the start of the bend instead of going down towards the curve, not place the rib and build up a bulge to give it that sexy plumpish ant abdomen profile. bingo !

now to be honest, even if the fly above is excellent, the video below isn’t the most interesting. we can hardly see what’s going on and it’s rather clumsy and hum-drum to say the least. the photo above should suffice to get this pattern right but i chose to include the clip just to show you how easy this fly is to tie.