This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Pat Dorsey’s Black Beauty midge.
The Black Beauty is a fly Dorsey created back in the early 1990s. He writes it was named after a trip on the Blue River around Silverthorne, CO. A friend of his landed an 8 pound Rainbow measuring 26 inches with an 18 inch girth!
His friend said, “We really caught some beauties today. You ought to call your little black midge pupa the Black Beauty.”
The name stuck.
The fly imitates midge pupae in all waters.
The impetus for today’s TBT fly came to me when I was paging through Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies book. I’ve found this to be a great source for other TBT flies as well.
Just like any popular fly pattern, you’ll find variations that fish well. Here are three examples he cites:
- Mercury Black Beauty – add a clear silver-lined glass bead
- Flashback Mercury Black Beauty – add a clear silver-lined glass bead and mylar tinsel
- Black Beauty Emerger – add white Zelon behind the thorax
If you go to my Midge Fly Patterns page, you’ll see very similar fly patterns with different names…variations of the same theme.