Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Manhattan Midge.
TMC 2488, #18 – 22
Silver-lined glass, extra small
8/0 Uni, black or red
Copper Ultra-wire, extra small
- Slip bead on hook and position at eye.
- Start thread on hook behind eye and after 5 wraps secure copper rib on hook.
- Use touching turns of thread while securing rib and continue around bend of hook.
- Return thread back to thorax area with touching turns.
- Wind rib forward with 5 or 6 even wraps. Tie off and “helicopter” wire and break off.
- Tie on wing behind bead with several firm thread turns and trim wing.
- Position thread to point equal width of bead and tie in peacock. Wrap forward and tie off. Trim peacock.
- Whip finish.
This is a fly from Pat Dorsey at The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO. Here’s what he writes on his website about the fly:
“The Manhattan Midge is a souped-up hybrid of the Top Secret Midge, Mercury Black Beauty, and Mercury Blood Midge that incorporates the best attributes of each pattern. It has a slim profile, segmented body, a flashy wing, peacock collar that breathes life, and a clear silver-lined bead to imitate trapped air in the thorax.”
Here is a link to my RiverKeeper Flies YouTube channel where I demonstrate how to tie the fly: