The Tungsten Crystal Midge is an extension of the popular Zebra Midge. I fish this pattern in sizes 16 down to 22 and use a little Solarez Bonedry to coat the body of the fly for durability. The Tungsten Crystal Midge is a great choice for pressured water either river or still water. Use a bead head and thread that is sized to the hook you are using. One the smallest flies I use 70d Ultrathread because it lays flat. I prefer the UNI-French oval tinsel, but a silver wire works great as well.
Tungsten Crystal Midge Trout Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #16-22
Bead: Silver Tungsten sized to bead
Thread: Black UTC 6/0 (140d)
Rib: XS UNI-French Oval Tinsel
Wing: Pearl crystal flash
Thorax: Black Ice Dubbing
I developed the Silkworm Chironomid around 2005 for targeting trout in Alberta’s pothole lakes like Star Lake, Muir Lake, and Phyllis Lake. The body of the chironomid is made from UNI-Glo, a glow in the dark tinsel. While it does glow, this effect fades after a minute or so in the dark, but the light color helps fish key in on a quick snack.
It’s been a successful pattern for trout, perch, sunfish, and crappie. It has also taken a couple smallmouth bass. I’ve sold this fly to clients mostly in the western states and provinces, but I’ve done well using it in Ontario waters as well. I normally use brass beads, but you could use either glass or tungsten to adjust their sink rate.
You can fish this fly on a long leader using a very slow retrieve, or fish it under a strike indicator and let the wind move the fly.
Silkworm Chironomid Fly pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Thread: Blue 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: 1-2 peacock herls