This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Tiny Midge Adult with Upright Wings.

Tiny Midge Adult with Upright Wings |
Size 28

I found this fly in Ed Engle’s book entitled Tying Small Flies (2004). I really enjoy opening Ed’s book periodically. I’ve featured several flies from the book. Use the “search” button on the menu bar and type in “Ed Engle”. It’s an easy method of finding the other flies I’ve highlighted in previous TBT posts.

Since I hightlighted size 20 and 22 Zelon Midges in yesterday’s post, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could tie smaller flies.

Paging through Ed’s book, I stopped at a chapter entitled “32s!”. He writes about “fooling around with small flies thirty years ago”. Remember, he published his book in 2004, so it’s been a while.

I wondered if I had any size 32 hooks and checked an old box where I store miscellaneous hooks. The smallest hook I could find was 28.

A size 28 was difficult enough! Here it is on a dime.

Tiny Midge Adult with Upright Wings on Dime |

While I only used 2 different threads and a CDC puff for the wing, it wasn’t easy.


Mustad 94859, size 28


Veevus 16/0, black


Veevus 10/0, pale green


CDC puff, natural

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. With my large and arthritic fingers, I struggle to even handle putting a size 20 in the vise. Tying a 28 gives you extra greds. Impressed!

    Member of Indianapolis FlyCasters Club

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