Point is: A very low-profile dry-fly that represents the period when midge adult is struggling to escape its pupal shuck on the surface. YES!! I've seen this many a time!!, as hatch has been so thick!!
Then midges we are talking can be as small as 24 or 26. So I believe we need some visibility. This is what I came up with, followed by great successes!!
Hi-Viz Post Version
It's really just for us to see, not a wing or a parachute. It's just a small amount that should not be seen from trout angle. Just simply apply your favorite oil-type floatant ONLY on the post, it sets very low on the water film. That means trout can see the split-back and pupal shuck (tail of the fly). Then struggling legs and wings of coming out adult are expressed by hackle.
I found that following 4 colors are very essential at Livingston's spring creeks. I do believe this should work pretty much anywhere when fishing for midges.
CDC Back Version
If your idiosyncrasy barks at you, as mine did to me, that "even if it's sparse, the post can be seen by trout!!", I believe this version will satisfy all Visibility, Silhouette, and Flotation. This is actually much closer to the pattern Buzz introduced me. Yet, shuck (tail) and abdomen are my own ideas.
Make sure to apply CDC Oil on the back, coated by Frog's Fanny. That way, it will stay visible even on windy days.
Color schemes follow as above but I believe it's worth showing.
Following are true & honest proof pics of trout caught by these two patterns!!
22-incher on size 22...........
PLEASE SPECIFY either Hi-Viz Post or CDC Back.
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZE: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24
Tying Video: Not yet shot. I will do one version at a time.