Midge Larvae, continued:
For example, the free-swimming bloodworm stores oxygen in its blood and has a bright
red color. The larvae of the free-swimming, glassworm is almost clear or transparent.
The majority of midge larvae built mud tubes and stay put in them on the bottom. They
do not leave these mud tubes until they develop into pupae and assent to the surface
to hatch into an adult. The free-swimming species are the ones in the larvae stages that
are important to fly fishers. The species that build mud tubes are not. Some species
construct small cases or tubes in which they live. These larval cases stand upright on
The free-swimming larvae tend to hide and stay put under rocks, logs and other similar
type cover. The can swim by wiggling, which help propel them and by just floating along.
They can also crawl.
Fishing Larva Imitations:
One thing you may want to try when fishing the midge larva is to fish is to fish it in
conjunction with a mayfly nymph or caddis larva. Often the fish, sometimes big, will
ignore the nymph or caddis larva and take the midge larva. You can rig the midge larva
a few inches below the mayfly nymph or caddis larva. This is also a good way to get the
midge larva down near or on the bottom. The added weight of the nymph or caddis
larva will help. You can also, and probably will need to depending on the water, add
weight above the top fly using lead or other non-toxic weights.
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