midge(t)s

well, they’re small enough to be really hard to see and easily trip over…

anyway, whatever they are, there’s more and more of them in a lot of trout waters around the globe as the typical caddis, mayflies and stoneflies are having a hard time with mankind and what we’re doing to the aquatic systems. midges thrive just about everywhere at just about anytime of the year and in some areas, become the primary food source for salmonids and other bug eating species.

today’s film is chapter five of the seminal documentary ‘Bugs of the Underworld’ by Lisa and Ralph Cutter. yes, a lot of you have heard about it for years but it’s still a reference and an amazing film every freshwater fisher should own and study because we get to see how the bugs we try so hard to imitate look and behave in real life and not how some fly tier steeped in someone else’s tradition decided they should look.
we’ll also notice that the highly sought after ‘dead-drift’ might not always be in sync with what the real bugs are doing. in short, most bugs are a lot more alive than our stuffy imitations.

there are trillions of nice midge imitations out and about but here are a few recent ties that caught my eye.

Tim Barker
KG’s Fullback/Foamback Midge…Glissmeyer/Variant…Chocolate, #18-#22

Andy Baird

(Andy gets bonus points for the name !)

Al’s Rat midge pupae by Tightline Productions

and just in case you’re one of those flat-earther, keds wearing, climate change denying, bamboo shwooshing mayfly dryfly-only ┬ápurist types, here’s proof that trout are already drastically changing their feeding habits…