Bucky McCormick of Blue Ribbon Flies demonstrates how to tie a Muskrat midge in this fly tying video tutorial.
Imitating Midge Pupa
Trout taking pupae do so in the surface film but usually key on impaired-emerging adults, those individuals stuck in their pupal shucks and unable to escape. Patterns incorporating a trailing shuck, such as the Muskrat Midge, are effective as trout key on and recognize the shucks and readily take these flies.
Muskrat Midge Material List
Hook: Dai-Riki 075
Bead: Lucent Tungsten Bead, Light Purple, 1/16″ (1.5 mm)
Thread/Body: Uni-Thread 8/0, Iron Grey
Thorax: Muskrat, Natural
Tail: Midge Flash, Pearl
Ribbing: Danville Fine Wire, Silver