It is 3:00 AM, I just got in from a week long, rain-soaked trip to California and I am writing about the life cycle of a midge. How I ended up in this state of affairs, I’m not certain. In any event here goes….. Ok, so I’m too tired to write so I figured I’d let this video clip of the life cycle of the midge filmed underwater do the talking; pretty neat stuff, even at three in the morning. I never knew how prominent those gas bubbles were.
I’ll admit, this whole midge thing has me a bit perplexed, just what exactly is a midge? Is “midge” just a term we use to describe those tiny flies that trout eat in the winter or does it refer to a taxonomy of aquatic insects? Well, from what I can tell it is both.
To help figure it out I recently purchased Modern Midges: Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Patterns by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka.
I’ve only flipped through the book so I can’t answer my own question just yet but I will in a follow-up post. If you happen to know and would like to enlighten those of us still in the dark, please leave us a comment below (yes that means you Eric).
In lieu of the Friday Night Fly Tying Video I offer you our gallery of midge fly tying videos. We don’t quite have a 1,000 patterns like Rick Takahashi covers in his book but we have a few of the basics to get you started.
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.
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