A killer nymph for me has been the Miracle Nymph. It is a midge larva pattern. Fish it behind a heavier fly and it is very effective as a trailer. I really like it in sizes 20 to 24. See the video up top on how to tie one.
Have fun with this. Experiment with different colors and materials. Sometimes, throwing a weird fly is what makes a sluggish trout take notice.
That’s particularly true now, when most major hatches have ended. Midges hatch year round. And, larvae often find themselves jostled by anglers and currents. So, trout frequently see larvae in the drift.
Lift the rod slightly if you see the indicator pause in the slightest way. You might find a trout at the other end. If not, just continue the drift.
Vary the weight you use. Too much and the flies will un-naturally bounce along the bottom and snag some weeds. Too little and you’re not down in the strike zone.
So, much of this to say: you want to remove slack between the rod tip and the flies. That means removing all slack between the rod tip and the indicator and as much slack as you can between the indicator and the flies. When a trout briefly takes the midge, you want to see that indicator pause before the fish spits out the fly.