The first Fly Friday of 2015 is from our very own Sales Director, Darryl Mooney who has been tying flies for over 38 years.

Darryl has tied Weisners Blue Bead Midge on a Partridge SLD #20.


With the decline in upwing hatches on my local rivers here in Northern Ireland in recent years I have been using more and more midge patterns throughout the season.

Midges are one of the most important foods to imitate, because they are available in huge numbers in rivers and still waters all over the world.

This very simple pattern to imitate the pupae was first shown to me by Glenn Weisner from Toledo Ohio USA when he visited me for a bit of fishing in 2011.

Glenn believes that the segmented body and cobalt blue bead are ‘trigger’ points and crucial to the flies success. In development Glenn tested the fly with twelve different coloured beads of the same size, whilst maintaining the same thread, hook size and ribbing material, drifting the pattern behind an elk hair caddis through the same stretch of water ten times. Glenn got my attention when he told me that the blue glass bead version got eaten nine out of ten times with a black glass coming second with five takes.

Since being introduced to this pattern I have fished it with fantastic success and it is my clear go to fly when a midge pupae imitation is required. Like Glenn I fish it behind a highly visible dry fly, but also enjoy success fishing it deeper off the bend of a tungsten bead pattern.


Hook: Partridge SLD Fine Dry size 20.

Thread: 10/0 Black.

Rib: UTC Silver Wire Size Small or Extra Small

Thorax: Blue Ribbon Flies Midge Black Zelon Dubbing

Bead: Cobalt Blue Glass Seed Bead



Darryl is the UK and Ireland Sales Director for Partridge of Redditch and has been tying flies for over 38 years. He grew up fishing for wild brownies on his local River Lagan in Northern Ireland and this remains his passion to this day. A committed advocate of catch and release, he has a particular interest in all aspects of Euro Nymphing.