Fishing Fly tying

Fly tying: The Deadpool Midge

Profane and hilarious, the central character of “Deadpool” became an instant hero when the Marvel Comics movie was released last year.

So, here’s the Deadpool midge, and it seems obvious how it got its name. It’s black and red, matching the mercenary-turned-superhero’s garb.

But could there be a double entendre at work? You know, this fly is so effective it will work even in pool that seems dead? Probably not. It’s probably just the color.

This fly is not the easiest midge to tie, but it’s not bad. After all, Tim Flagler’s instructional video clocks in at just a hair over three minutes.

Tie up a bunch of these — maybe while simultaneously re-watching the movie, which rates a whopping 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — and go put the hurting on some big, bad trout.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.