Midge Larvae

A reader asked me about the Midge Larva I used during a surprisingly productive day at the Farmington. I had landed over 15 fish on small dries or dry-droppers. I wrote to him via a comment on a blog post about the dropper flies I had used.

My Midge Larva is a very simple tie: thread and wire. IMO, a curved nymph hook is ideal, as Midge Larvae are curved, skinny and long.

For a fantastic rundown on tying Midge Larvae, a great Tim Flagler video is at the bottom.

You may not like tying or fishing #20 (or smaller) flies. But, these flies work like a charm. They nearly always deliver for me. At some point, trout get tired of being hooked on a Woolly Bugger and react accordingly.


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10 thoughts on “Midge Larvae

  1. With all the drought conditions around I decided to make a trip up north and fish the Trophy section of the Connecticut river in Pittsburg N.H. It was my first time fishing this river. All I can say is what a great stretch of water to fish, and the fish were very cooperative also.


    1. Mike, any pics you could send? And, perhaps write a few words about your experiences up there? You can email to me at my Gmail: blogflyfishMA. We can iterate together on the write-up, if you'd like.

    2. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures. In two days of fishing I caught Brook trout, Rainbows and a couple of
      Landlocked salmon. I fished nymphs pretty much the whole time.


  2. Hard to believe those trout key in on these small flies. One good thing is that they are pretty simple. Thanks for the link.

    1. I hear ya. I used bigger dropper flies, ones that have normally crushed it for me. They just ignored them. When I put on the #28 black WD-40, I got takes right away and often until the hatch ended. When I stomach-pumped one of the trout, it was absolutely full of one thing: size 28 black emergers.

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