USB (Universal Serial Bus) and midges

Now if you've been here before you have seen flies of several well know patterns get the 'Trash Fly' treatment ear bud headphones. Some prime examples are John Barr's Copper John and a variety of caddis pupae's. Well here's a new twist on a common wire that's around a lot homes and business. A lot of us use USB (Universal Serial Bus) cables for everything from uploading pictures to charging our music storage devices. One of my Technical Drafting students was moping about his USB cable for recharging his smart phone being broken. He offered it to me and said can you make a fly from this? Now I consider that statement a personal challenge and definitely something I had not thought about before. So here's two different midges made from USB cable materials for your consideration.


First here is the cable in question broken down.



Zebra Midge Variant



Hook: #22 Scud

Tail: Gold Krystal Flash scrap

Body: Blk 14/0 Gordon Griffith Thread

Bead: Small Tungsten

Rib: Wire shielding and/or ground from a USB cable


Blue Metal Midge



Hook: #22 Scud

Body: Blue side of the foil in a USB cable

Bead: Small Tungsten

Rib: Wire shielding and/or ground from a USB cable


Who knows maybe this will set of a spark for more USB patterns? As always comments and opinions are welcome. What do you think?

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