I’ve demoted a bunch of flies to “off the team.” There were probably a few dozen of them, experimental flies that just never worked. I’ve stripped them down to bare metal and will re-use the hooks. Still, it’s always good to experiment, and sometimes, I play around and find a pattern that just crushes it.
Some flies produce year after year, and these include midge emergers in sizes 20 and 22. So, after last night’s amazing Patriots game, I slept in and decided to spend part of MLK Day organizing and re-loading the fly boxes.
Some of my starters include Pat Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge and a pattern that Gary Metras mentioned in his Swift River Winter Fly Fishing presentation, the Red Brassie. For the latter, I’ve added a wing bud and will see how they fish.
I know you’re supposed to fish midges in the winter, but, at the right kind of water, small midge emergers have worked year-round for me. Making these tiny flies is actually pretty easy when I use thin thread, and I use black Veevus 12/0.
There’s a chance I will be able to go to Atlanta for the Super Bowl. Fingers crossed!