My perspective of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

Midges Matter… Part II

Some Food for thought:

The most important things to recognize with midges are that:

1.They are practically located in every type of water system, therefore having a decent selection of midge patterns will help increase your chances of catching more fish!

2. Surveys will show that each river system will hold different quantities of midge larvae per square meter, however you’ll consistently see large numbers of midge larvae holding at bottom vegetation.

Keep in mind that due to their small size, it will take more midges to satisfy a trout hunger than say a larger insect like a mayfly, caddis, or dragonfly


Midge as a source of food is like comparing a NY Stripped Steak verses a granola bar. Your going to be full for hours eating your steak, however your still going to be itching for something more after you’ve finished your granola bar! In retrospect, trout will snack on midges all day long, if thats the major food source, but if they have more to choose from then expect them to go after larger selections (mayfly, caddis, etc…)

How does this apply to your fly selection?

1. These are very small flies that are best tied using size 18 or less.

2. Tying midges doesnt have to be all that complicated. Remember that Brassie’s are commonly used midge patterns and these are tied using a simple copper wire and peacock hearl. 

3. Carry midge patterns during their various life cycles

“Bugs of the Underworld” captures the life cycle of midges and other common aquatic insects best. Below is a video of the life cycle of a midge from the Larvae stage all the way to an adult…

 The last thing I wanted to add was referencing the final stage of midge before it gets airborne. By reviewing this video or the picture below you’ll notice how the Midge pupa is suspended at the film with a curve.  

Going back to my bad luck up in the mountains were I had patterns that closely resembled midges, I found that a good reason why the fish wouldn’t bite could’ve been from this fact. When tying your flies consider looking at tying them at the bend of the hook. I’ve found that tying flies this way does leave a realistic impression of  a midge suspended at the film.

(I wanted to provide some photos of midge patterns I’ve put together, however the camera isnt providing me the photos I was looking for. For the time being, here’s some useful information to apply for fishing with midges…)


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