Midges are active all year long with periods of emergence activity on an almost daily basis. Off season angling opportunities can be dominated by midges so every angler should carry a selection of various size and colors. The following midge pupa patterns work well as upper droppers representing the stage of emergence where the pupa may be carrying a gas bubble near the surface of the water. These fish well solo and deep.
I use this fly almost all year as my upper dropper on a multi fly French leader rig. It seems the rivers that I fish never run out of small black and white segmented midges and other larva that trout are on the lookout for.
In late winter and early spring many rivers have a fluvial goliath midge hatch that gets a lot of attention from hungry fish looking to pack on some weight following the deep freeze of winter. This midge can be up to 1/2 inch in length and as is the case with many spring hatches, they emerge in large quantities for about a week only.
Look in the back eddies for spent shucks from the larva as the adults fly off. In fact, you should always look in back eddies and foam rafts for evidence of what's been going on.
Fish as a top dropper.
When the mercury plummets and the sun angle is low on the horizon, the color blue has a wavelength frequency that has the ability to permeate through the flat light. This pattern is a mainstay in my winter fly box that allowed me to have many fish catching days last winter.
An emerging chironomid that accurately mimics the hunching posture of emerging midges in the surface film as the crawl to airborn freedom.
Tied on light wire klinkhammer hooks for delicate presentations.
Take a look at these amazing images of the emergence taking place.
A color variation of the Shop Vac pattern that I found to have just the right amount of color and glint to attract fish without turning them off in clear water situations.
Great for midges and small mayflies of late summer early autumn.
Available is size 16 and 18, equivalent to 18, 20. Smaller sizes coming soon.
Now on Firhole Sticks brand barbless competition hooks. Stupid sharp, super strong.
Many western rivers see a large fluvial black midge hatch that occurs in the late winter and early spring affectionately dubbed the MIDGEZILLA or the Goliath Midge hatch. This hatch occurs at a time when fishes metabolisms are starting to energize and the trout are very hungry. What is special about this hatch is it is a rather large midge offering the dry fly angler the first opportunity to fish with some reliable surface action. What could be more fun, cold numb fingers and dry flys?
I have designed this emerger to float IN the surface film with buzzing wings as the midge is in the last and final throes to airborne freedom.
The bright orange hot spot on top alerts you and not the fish.
Midge larva are everywhere. Turn over a few rocks or stir up streambed sediment and you will encounter small wormlike larva of the chironomidae family. I have sampled stomachs of well fed fish that have yielded large quantities of larva hilighting the importance that chironomids play in the aquatic food chain. There is no bad time to fish chironomid larvae but following storms and during the winter can be optimal. Chironomids often prefer sandy sediment bottoms so any perturbations in that habitat can expose the larvae to opportunistic predation.
It's the familiar bling midge but with pronounced segmentation. Why not add an additional life like fish catching feature to an already popular fly?
Fish it all year long as one of your dropper patterns just a little higher up in the water column.
Though frequently referred to as a bloodworm for its worm like larva, the blood worm is actually a chironomid, or a true fly. These active 1/4-1/2" or larger larvae are found in almost all water types all year long, but winter finds them more abundant than other available foods. Blood worms prefer soft sandy or silty substrates often found near back eddies or along stream margins to colonize. After a freshet, blood worms are often dislodged from these soft areas and sent adrift making them available for trout.