Imitates pupae of the phantom midge. Jeff Morgan writes about this pattern: “While not an everyday pattern, this one can save the day when fish are feeding on the pupae of the nearly transparent phantom midge. The name phantom midge originated from the ghoulish ‘face’ that appears on the thorax of the natural, making the creature look like a miniature ghost.
“Standard patterns, with their solid colors and firm silhouettes, are almost worthless if fish are picky. A thin, flashy pattern like this one can be the only answer. A pearlescent fly, while not perfectly the clear-white of the natural, is the best color, since using exclusively clear materials will let the dark hook shank show through. I guess this insect will remain a challenge for tiers to imitate until some wacky engineer comes up with a fluorocarbon fishhook!”
Jeff moved to Nebraska a year or so ago. What an amazing fountain of info re trout, habitat and NW fly fishing! I imagine he has found waters to fish nearby the University and is accumulating even more knowledge. Jeff wrote many fine articles for Westfly-Oregon.