Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Pumpkinhead Midge, Don't Leave Home Without It

While I have been forced to work at both my "real" job, Mr. Q., has been fishing his life away.  In fact, he has been rubbing it in by sending me texts with photos like this one.....

He has been catching them on my Pumpkinhead Midge pattern and Hare's Ear Nymphs.  The rainbow pictured above was taken from a small stocked stream in Warren County, where it appears the fish held over well thanks to the unusually mild winter we've had.

The Pumpkinhead Midge: 

For instructions on how to tie them, just click on the video to the right. It's fairly straightforward, using materials and techniques that have been around for longer than I have, excepting the orange tungsten bead head.

Hook: #16 - 20 1x long nymph
Thread: 6/0 Olive Danville
Bead: 2mm orange tungsten
Tail and Abdomen: Pheasant tail dyed brown
Rib: Copper wire
Wing bud: Clear zelon
Thorax: Peacock herl

Sharpen your hooks! 


Kostis said...

I love this nymph !

You have done a amazing job with the video, too. Thank you for posting this. Will definitely try them next time I am on the water!

Brk Trt said...

Yes sir, those will get it done.

Mr. Q said...

I have man love for those pumpkin heads.....That and the hares ear, all winter, have been excellent producers of fish for me....I love to know where you got your idea for the PH......hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Supposedly when midges are about to hatch a lot of blood gets pumped around their wing case so having red or orange is a good trigger for any midge patterns; I wonder if Matt had this in mind.

JMP said...

I did really well with this midge the other day as well.....quick easy tie as well...

Anonymous said...

Killer nymph!
I wont leave home without a dozen.