Hatches Made Easy:

Midges - Fishing Larvae and Pupae Imitations
1/27/08

Fishing Larvae Imitations:
Midge larvae patterns are generally effective when they are not hatching. They
should be worked on or near the bottom. Something you may want to try when
fishing the midge larva is to fish it along with a mayfly nymph or caddisfly larva.
Usually the fish will ignore the mayfly nymph or caddisfly larva and take the
midge larva imitation. You will want to rig the midge larva below the mayfly
nymph or caddisfly larva. The added weight of the nymph or caddisfly larva
helps to get the midge larva down near the bottom. You can also add weight
above the uppermost fly to help get the larva imitation down near the bottom.
You can use a strike indicator but you are usually better off if you can get by
without it.

Fishing Pupae Imitations:
As we have said, the pupae usually brings the best results. Trout really focus on
the pupae especially if they are suspended in the surface film. That is the
easiest place for the trout to eat a lot of them.
Use a long 5X tippet. Tie a small attractor fly pattern to the end of the tippet. Tie
on an additional 18 inches or more of 6X tippet to the bend of the hook in the
dry attractor fly. Add the midge pupa imitation. If added weight is needed, place
it about 8 inches above the pupa imitation. Of course your attractor dry fly must
be large enough to float the added weight, so keep it very light. In most cases,
you should be fine with no added weight. You want the pupa imitation to be near
the surface or just below the surface skim.
Especially in very clear water, you may want to use a 6X for the upper tippet and
7X for the extended portion. This rig can also be cast without any weight. Some
of you may prefer to fish the pupae imitation by its self and there is nothing
wrong with that. It is probably the best way. It just takes a lot more
concentration.  
Summary;
To make midge fishing in the Smokies real easy for you, I would suggest that
you concentrate on fishing pupae imitations only. That is what should bring you
the best results. The adult patterns and larvae patterns work every once in a
while but not near as well as the pupae imitations fished during a hatch. This is
not necessarily the case in tailwaters, so don't take this out of context.  

Coming Up Next:
Midge Fly Patterns

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