Sherwin's White Mosquito Midge

#28 Shown in Picture.

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My tiny White Mosquito Midge is my most deadly fly. There is something about a #28 on a 7X or 8X tippet that seems to fool the most wary trout. Perhaps it is because they do not see many artificial flies that small or perhaps it is that at this size, features are too small to permit the trout to differentiate the real thing from an artificial creation. Of course, almost all streams have midge hatches, almost all the time. In many of the streams I fish, it appears that the ever present midges are a major part of the diet of both large and small trout . If they are feeding, they will sip a midge from the surface.

Many people shy away from tying or using midges, because they are so small and can be hard to see. The spectrum plastic wing used in my patterns helps on this account. Although it doesn't make them any easier to tie on the tippet, it does make them easy to follow on the stream, as long as you watch where they land. These wings are very realistic looking and have the added feature of reflecting brightly in the air, making them very visible to the fisherman. You do have to watch where they land though, because once on the water, it is easy to confuse them with the real insects on the water.

People also shy away from tying midges because they think they are difficult to tie. Let me let you in on a secret. "Small size flies hide many tying sins." Many of the mistakes you make tying a small fly will be invisible to both you and the fish, because of the size.

Even with my astigmatism, I am able to tie and use these flies. In fact, I have as much trouble tying larger flies as small ones because of my vision. I have found that intense lighting and a magnifier enable me to tie both large and small flies without visual difficulty.