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Fly fishing midge: 2

Wednesday, 27 May 2015  |  Simon

Fly fishing midge, as we suggested last time, is worth considering. Unlike caddis in the pupa life stage, midges continue to move about and are quite accomplished swimmers. Their pupae tend to become a bit shorter and stouter than when they were in their longer, skinnier larval stage. Near the end of their pupa stage, dark wing pads develop, and when these brightly colored (yellow, green, white, red, orange, or black) midge pupae are finally ready to emerge as winged adults, they wriggle out of their shucks and swim to the surface film to hatch.

Adult midges are notable for their long, supportive legs, which allow them to remain high on the surface film just after hatching from a pupa. They continue to display a wide range of colours that don’t deviate much much from the tans, blacks, greens, yellows, and reds of their earlier life stages.

Because of their wide and prolific distribution in freshwater environments, there's no reasonable excuse for a serious fly fisher to go without a good selection of midge patterns at all stages of their common life cycle.

Quite possibly the most popular adult midge fly pattern is the Griffith's Gnat. At a minimum a good fly angler will have a well stocked box full of these small trout morsels for the day’s fly fishing.

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