Project Description

Jujubee Midge Adult

Pattern Description: The Jujubee Midge Adult is a take off on the original Jujubee Midge. Adding a bit of CDC to the pattern and simplifying the body has created an outstanding Midge Adult pattern for those picky tailwater fish.
The CDC wing creates a parachute-like effect on the fly and allows it to sit low in the surface film, with the abdomen hanging below. just the ticket for those smutting rises!

Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 2488 #16-26
Thread: Gudebrod 10/0 Black
Rib: 8/0 White Uni Thread
Wingcase: Black Flouro-Fiber
Wings: Natural Mallard CDC
Thorax: Black Tying Thread
Legs: Left Over Butt Ends of Flouro-Fiber Wingcase

Step 1

Start the thread on the front half of the hook shank but do not travel back.  Leave the thread hanging at the sixty to seventy percent point on the hook.

Step 2

Put the white 8/0 UNI thread in a bobbin with a non-flared tip.  Extend about a quarter inch of thread out of the bobbin tube and place the tube against the hook shank on the underside of the shank.  Make a single turn of thread over the bobbin tube and the hook, as shown.

Step 3

Pull down with medium pressure on the black thread and, at the same time, withdraw the white thread bobbin tube from the loop of thread holding it.  If you’re lucky, the black thread will slip off the end of the bobbin tube and catch the tip of the white thread.

Step 4

Pull the front end of the white thread down to the base of the turn of black thread that is now holding onto the hook and continue wrapping the black thread over it to secure.  Wrap the black thread over the white, binding it down along the side of the shank all the way back to about halfway down the hook bend.  Wind the black thread forward again, forming a slightly tapered abdomen, up to the tie in point.

Step 5

Tilt the hook in the vise so the point of the hook is facing away from you.  Hold the black thread bobbin out of the way while you spin the white thread bobbin to wind the white thread into a cord.  Wrap the white thread forward over the black thread abdomen in six to eight, evenly spaced, spiraling turns up to the tie in point.  Tie off and clip the white thread rib.

Step 6

Cut a dozen strands of Flouro-Fiber from the hank, even the tips with your scissors and tie them in one eye length back from the hook eye.   Wrap back over the Flouro-Fiber to just in front of the hook point, taking care to keep the Flouro-Fiber on top of the shank.   Make certain that the Flouro-Fiber is tied down with a tight turn of thread that is as vertical as possible.  This will assure that the wingcase does not start off at an angle when we divide the wings.  Be sure to use an even numbered bunch of fibers, as they will later be split into two equal bunches.  A dozen fibers is also just the right amount to divide the wing in the next few steps.

Step 7

Select two bushy CDC feathers (one is fine for small flies in the #20 and smaller range) stack them inside to outside and even the tips.

Step 8

Hold the feathers together and clip the center stem only, leaving a V-shaped cut out in the feather.  The legs of the V should be at least as long as the hook shank.

Step 9

Clump the legs of the V together forming a small clump and place this clump on the hook at the base of the wingcase.

Step 10

Tie the CDC feathers in with a pinch wrap at the base of the wingcase.  Form a narrow band of thread over the butt ends of the CDC feathers to secure them.

Step 11

Clip the butt ends of the CDC flush against the hook at a right angle.  The butt ends will help to create some bulk under the thorax.

Step 12

Wrap the tying thread over the butt ends to form a smooth, slightly bulbous, thorax.  Be sure to leave one eye length worth of bare space immediately behind the hook eye.

Step 13

Pull the Flouro-Fiber forward through the center of the CDC.  The Flouro-Fiber will divide the CDC into two bunches on either side of the hook, and splay it into a parachute hackle type wing.

Step 14

Bind the Flouro-Fiber down at the index point with a couple tight wraps of thread.

Step 15

Top view of the divided wing.  This method produces a very realistic midge wing and is quite simple.

Step 16

Divide the remaining strands of Flouro-Fiber into two equal clumps.

Step 17

Pull the clump of Flouro-Fiber on the near side of the hook back along the side of the shank under the wing and bind it in place with a couple wraps of thread.

Step 18

Pull the Flouro-Fiber clump on the far side of the hook back in the same manner and tie it down as well.

Step 19

Whip finish the thread in the index point and clip it.

Step 20

Pull the Flouro-Fiber legs down under the hook and trim them off even with the hook point.

Step 21

Finished Fly, Side View.  Notice the circular CDC wing, the position of the legs and the prominently ribbed abdomen.

Step 22

Finished Fly, Bottom View.  This fly present a hatching midge pupae silhouette to the fish while affording good flotation and visibility with the CDC wing.