WD 40 Midge Fly
The WD 40 Midge fly has become a very popular fly since its creation In 1982. A
Colorado angler, Mr. Mark Engler is the originator of the fly. He designed the fly to imitate
small nymphs and midge pupae for the famous Frying Pan River. The fly popularity
expanded from there to worldwide. It's unique name is one of the reasons for it but it also
The WD 40 midge fly uses wood duck feathers in both the wing case and tail, giving it the
clever “WD” name. Most anglers think it's got something to do with WD 40 Oil but it
Midges are aquatic insects that live in just about every trout stream or lake in the World.
They are very plentiful and very common insects. Trout eat midge pupae all year long but
they become most important to the fly angler fishing for trout during cold weather when
the water is cold and few other aquatic insects hatch.
The WD 40 Midge fly can be fished on a dead drift in pools, eddies, pockets, moderate to
slow tailwater flows, spring creeks and all types of water. It can be greased and fished in
the skim to imitate emerging nymphs and midge pupae or weight added and fished at
Many anglers fish the WD 40 Midge fly only on or just off the bottom. You should add
some weight a few inches above the fly depending on the depth of water and the speed
of the current. It can be fished with or without a strike indicator or dropped from a dry fly
that floats on the surface.
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