Which Stage of the Midge's Life Do You Want To Imitate?
Midge larvae look similar to
worm-like grubs. They are shaped
long and skinny and have
segmented bodies. There are
normally eight to ten segments. They
tend to be cream colored or light
green although there are exceptions
to this.
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When the pupae hatch into the two
winged adults, there is little time for
the trout to catch them although they
certainly can. Most of the midges, as
we just said, are eaten by the trout in
their pupa stage of life and therefore,
you are better off fishing pupae
imitations that adult imitations during
this part of a midge hatch. When the
midges hatch from the pupae, they
buzz about in erratic motions, darting
about in an unpredictable pattern.
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The pupa stage of life is the most
important stage for anglers. It''s
during the time the pupae accent to
the surface that they are most
susceptible to feeding trout. Air
sacks within their wings provide the
buoyancy necessary for them assent.
The air provides a mirror like, silvery
flash that trout sometimes key on.
This accent may take some time and
the larvae may even become
stationary at times.
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Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Chironomidae:
You will find that most anglers carry very few,
usually just one or two, midge patterns in
their fly boxes, yet midges are available and
eaten by trout throughout the year in all the
trout streams and lakes in the United States.
The main reason for this lack of attention for
the midge is simply that many anglers just
do not believe in the fly’s effectiveness. After
all, why would a large trout want to eat such
a tiny morsel of food? Why would any angler
want to fish with such a small fly when a
larger one is easier to see, and would seem
to be much more attractive to fish, especially
the larger ones.
Midges are small, usually very small. So
small that most of us have a very difficult
time tying them on our tippet. It's such a
problem that it led to the development of a
“midge threader”, a very handy device we
might add. But make no mistake about it, the
little midges are very effective on all trout
streams and lakes and yes, they in fact, will
catch large trout.
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