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
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.