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little flies and big fish
Posted 24 November 2003 - 03:03 PM
As you know, winter weather patterns really have a dramatic effect on feeding habits of trout. As less and less food sources become available, the trout become more and more dependent on food sources that they may have overlooked in recent months. Midges become a staple in the trout's diet during the late autumn and throughout the winter simply because they are the most abundant food at the time.
Midges are a family of true flies in the order of Diptera. They are easy to identify cause of thier single pair of wings. They are found everywhere, from raging torrents to stagnant lakes and ponds. The larvae are somewhat wormlike with a small head and very short legs. They will vary in color from red to green to brown, and many variations in between. Midges hatch in the morning or late evening, except during the winter, when they hatch during the warmest part of the day. Midges are tiny insects, even in adult form and sometimes have a very difficult time even breaking the surface film. They mate on shore, then the female deposits her eggs onto the film and it all starts all over again. Most midge hatches will occur in slower moving pols and around the edges of moving water. These are the areas you want to concentrate on when hitting your favorite streams this winter. Midges are an almost fool proof way to catch fish when nothing else will produce. I have witnessed midge hatches in the dead of winter with the temp hovering around a balmy 17 degrees. The sun was high that day and warmed them just enough to stimulate a hatch. When I got to the truck, which was streamside, it was covered, literally covered in midges. Simply amazed me!
Great midge imitations include:Griffith's Gnat, Copper Johns, Brassies, and any other tiny, tiny fly. I tie these patterns from a 14 to an 18, but know that they are effective imitations up to a 30. I tie the several of the same pattern in different colors and figure out which is best by stream observations and trial and error. Tricos are another great adult imitation...be prepared for winter trout this year with a series of midge flies from larvae to adult, and you shouldn't have a single fishless day!!!!
Bundle up and keep your feet dry!
Posted 24 November 2003 - 07:42 PM
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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:05 PM