As a full-time guide, you quickly realize how important segmentation and durability are in midge imitations. When you see midges in the water or pull them out of the seine, they typically appear to be mostly encased in a clear ribbed body. I matched this effect by inserting Ultra Wire into clear tubing before wrapping it on the #18/20/22 JB01 hook shank. Not only does it give the midge a clear natural appearance, the fly is also incredibly durable so that it performs well on more than one fish.
The key to this fly is that the body has no thread base. This allows it to appear transparent, with only wire and tubing holding it on the hook shank. Many ask how it stays in place. The answer is the two wraps of wire at the bend of the hook. Secured with one drop of Lactate super glue, it will hold for numerous battles. The head of the midge can be joined in numerous ways: with only thread for a slim and sleek look; with a black tungsten bead for depth control; or, my personal favorite, with white poly yarn to represent a gill tuft sticking out in front of the thread or bead.