[Video] CDC Bubble Midge by Davie McPhail

Davie McPhail demonstrates how to tie a CDC Bubble Midge in this fly tying video. The CDC Bubble Midge is a multi-purpose pattern that can represent a variety of insects including an emerging midge or mayfly to Caddis flies. The legs are optional and not necessary in the smaller sizes (less than 16).

Material List

Hook: Kamasan 100 / Daiichi 1130 / TMC 2487, Size 14-22
Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0, Black
Body: Fine Seals Fur Dubbing or Thread
Wing: CDC Feathers, Natural Grey
Thorax: Seals Fur, Black & Red
Ribbing: Krystal Flash, Pearl
Counter Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire Extra Small
Legs: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Pre-Knotted


About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

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I could have done with this yesterday when a Midge hatch came on.
Thanks for posting!

oktroutbum says

brilliant tying as always, tight lines from oklahoma usa

DavieMcPhail says

Hi serbification,

You could tye this fly from 16s up like you said but to be honest I would only use the legs on the bigger sizes. Also you will find that you don’t need anything other than the body of most colours you like to use and the CDC.

All the best Davie

serbification says

how small can you make this one? (concerning the legs) 16 and bigger? and if you want it smaller you skip the legs?

gagsess says

another PERFECT fly, thank u and tight lines from austria!!

navydonald says

A great looking fly, one I will definitely tie. I hadn’t thought of dubbing the different body colours all in a single application. Obvious really, and much simpler. Thanks.

DavieMcPhail says

Hi Tudor,

I know what you mean, in certain light the grey colour of CDC will be hard to find. What I have done is to use white CDC instead..

All the best Davie