The larva stage of life of the midge
is eaten by trout to a huge extent in
many cases. In others, it is rarely eaten.
It depends of the species of midge and
type of water. We have found these three
colors; cream, light green and red, imitate
most all of the species of midges that are available for trout to
eat. This fly has a lot of detail to it. It uses a flashabou type
ribbing to imitate the segmentation and either marabou or ice
dubbing for the thorax.
Cream Midge Larva
Red Midge Larva
Lt. Green Midge Larva
Midges: Larvae
Midge Larvae (Imitations)
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Why only three (3) Colors?
We have taken samples of midge
larvae, pupae and adults from various
types of streams throughout the U. S.
Samples were taken from tailwaters,
spring creeks and freestone streams.
We found that over ninety percent of
all the thousands of samples were
one of three basic colors -
red,
cream and green
. The red ones
were midges that produced
hemoglobin. These are often called
"bloodworms". The others were
almost always shades of either green
or cream. We have tested these three
colors along with hundreds of other
colors and combinations of colors in
over 200 streams ranging from the
San Juan River in New Mexico,
springs creeks from near the Pacific
Coast to Virginia, tailwaters and
freestone streams trout streams from
east to wes. They  fooled trout as well
or better than any other color used.
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