Jujubee Midge




TMC 2488 #18-24
10/0 white, colored with black marker for thorax and head or switch to black 10/0 thread for the thorax as shown. Must use white thread under abdomen to allow true color of Super Hair to show through.
Super Hair, color combination of your choice. Two strands of primary color and one strand of contrasting rib color. My favorite color combinations are two olive and one black, two. chartreuse and one black, two black and one white and two red with one white.
White Umpqua Flouro-Fiber.
Black tying thread or white colored with black marker.
Remaining stubs of Flouro-Fiber from wingcase, pulled back along sides of thorax like legs.

Pattern Description

Charlie Craven from Charlie's Fly Box developed the Jujubee Midge several years back when he was guiding on the South Platte River.

Thread midges and the like are productive patterns in Cheesman Canyon, but I needed an edge for these ultra-selective fish. The Jujubee came about quite by accident one day. I was tying braided barracuda flies for an upcoming saltwater trip using SuperHair for the bodies, when I looked at the SuperHair in a different way. What if I wrapped it around a hook to form a midge body, rather than tying it on in hanks as for the cuda fly? I dug out a few smaller hooks and went to town mixing and matching the SuperHair colors to create different color patterns with contrasting ribs. The result is what you see here today. The SuperHair material is very easy to work with, inexpensive, and quite durable. I have a couple different methods for tying the Jujubee. The method I show here is to tie the abdominal section using white thread, then whip finish and clip the white and start black thread at the front of the abdomen for the completion of the thorax. Another method that you can use is to stick with the white thread all the way through, but color a few inches of it with a black Sharpie marker before building the thorax and head. either way works well, but I find that when tying a larger batch, it is easier to go through and tie all the abdomens with white thread first, then come back and complete the fly with black thread. Tie up a few jujubees and stash them in your box. Midge larva and pupae are so prevelant that it is never a bad bet to start off with one on your day astream. I find Jujubees particularly effective in the winter and spring, but have had several mid-summer trips saved by my old reliable Juju. And because I'm sure you're wondering, the Jujubee got its name from my daughter, Julie, who we've called Jujubee since birth. It all starts to make sense now...

The Juju series of flies by Charlie has been productive in the Sacramento River at various times of the year and deserve a spot in your fly box. All materials used here are available for mail order from Charlies Fly Box