I have been asked a few times if I know how a Midas dry fly is tied. Presumably because I posted in a number of posts that I used a Midas or caught a fish on one.  The Midas was a pattern “promoted” by Paul Davison of Troutwatch , a now defunct online fly fishing tackle site. As is the way with these things, the Midas was THE killer pattern to have, if you didn’t have them in your box were sure to go home fishless, forever. The end!

He never did a SBS or anything explaining how they were tied* ( *update Sept 2017- he has now- see the end of this post), as presumably he wanted to protect the pattern for his own marketing. Paul is a master of marketing and followed this up a season or so later with the absolute KILLER range of grayling bugs, called Garfunkles, a bug with a light enhancing bead of some sort in the head or body (*again he reveals it’s done with a short length of fibre optic plastic used for model making), again, they will fill your net when ever nothing else will. Never tried one or heard of anyone who has used one so couldn’t comment, and I don’t have any myself.  I never published these pics as though I don’t know Paul well, he is a likeable big fella and I didn’t want to get in the way of interrupting his line of business. With the site being gone I don’t see that as an issue now and there is no law on copying a fly pattern to the best of my knowledge.

However I DID buy a pack of Midas patterns as I wanted to see how they were tied for myself. So I took one of the pack and deconstructed it. The following photo’s show the fly in various stages of deconstruction, but I have ordered them the other way round so you can get an idea of how to tie them. Bottom line though is I cannot 100% say that my description of the pattern is right, make your own mind up from the pictures.

The red pattern was tied with Red thread, silver tinsel rib and a red seals fur dubbed body.

The red pattern was tied with Red thread, silver tinsel rib and a red seals fur dubbed body. The hook looks to be a longer shanked type. The ones bought were size 10 or 12’s.

Body and rib

With the dubbed body added the rib is wound up to about 2/3rd up the shank length

Midas Legs

These are the Legs- note the tied in end was the thin end- so the Pheasant tail fibres are apparently tied in backwards,

Legs and thorax

The legs are tied in to extend below the line of the hook shank. then more dubbing is wound over the tying in point to build up a thorax. There appear to be 3 legs on each side.

Hackle and head

The hackle looks to be possibly a “webby cock” furnace hackle, Red Game or maybe a Greenwells hackle. Make your own judgement from the picture. The head is a turn of gold dubbing

The finished fly details shots

Side detail close up

Side detail close up


Side view on the vice of finished Red Midas fly

Side view on the vice of finished Red Midas fly

Top view of Red Midas

Top view of Red Midas

To finish- I can only show you the pictures and give you my interpretation of the materials used from what came off the fly I had here. If you disagree please feel free to comment. Don’t blame me if someone tells you this is wrong- the photos above were a genuine purchased Midas from a few years back.

Post Script: No sooner had I posted this article than I seen a post of facebook saying that Flash Attack Flies, Craig Barr’s retail fly tying shop is selling Midas flies  with the spiel “A highly kept secret, Its founder, Paul Davison has given its magic to Flash Attack Flies. Tied with very specific blends of dubbing, and dressed to a specific profile, this fly is quite simply amazing !”. The catch lines of flies like this is aimed to lure more anglers than fish. Also be aware of the incestual relationship of competition anglers always trying to have the latest secret pattern that none but their “in crowd” chums have. Look around fB you see it ALL the time. Personally I think its mostly bollocks. Having taken these “from the source” Midas flies apart I can honestly say the dubbing doesn’t look anything “special” to me. There is no glint or glister in the dubbing of any of the flies I bought, barring the gold dubbed head end and the body rib. Maybe its a finer blend of seals fur that makes it dub easier, I really don’t know. Do the fish care? I have to say I have had a LOT more success on a Bits than a Midas. I think I have caught a couple of fish on the Midas. The Bits tied the way Paul Davison shows it on his You Tube video with the wee bit pearl under the thorax I find IS a good fly. Nothing I guess to stop you tying a bit gold dubbing round the head of one of those too and seeing if it makes any odds. Of course the Pro’s will probably point the finger that it’s the way you fish them too. That’s probably true of any fly, tie a few see how you get on, don’t expect miracles!

SBS video by Paul Davidson published on You Tube 6th Sept 2017