A great tip he shared was about using “big eye” midge hooks. Putting on a size 30 midge emerger is a total pain, and it requires thin tippet. But, if you’re fishing for the big ‘bows at the Swift River, it doesn’t take much for a trout to break 7x or 8x.
Enter the Gamakatsu C12-BM midge hooks. I bought some online and really love them. Joe C. always fishes 5x, and with his recommended hooks, you don’t have to downsize tippet to put on a midge.