Midge Musings……

Sitting next to the water today, I was mesmerized by the smallest of the small.                       A miniature blizzard of bugs. Midges are just big enough to enjoy without magnification…..
From the family Chironomidae, these non-biting insects live for 3-5 days as adults and focus entirely on reproduction. Commonly called Gnats, they are the bulk of the food available to Trout in winter. Hard to believe they could satisfy the fish, but they do…..       In fact the fish I’ve caught recently, look like they are going to pop.                                            Imagine trying to become obese eating one grain of rice at a time……That’s what the fish are up to….One midge emerger, is slightly larger the size of a comma (,) on this page.         It would take a bunch to make a living.                                                                                               Reflecting on small creatures gives insight and inspiration to my life. It’s not all about fishing……but if you do go out…..fish a midge.                                                                          Having said that, I’ve sat watching for hours as a fish passed on eating single midges, only to eat clumps of them. Copulatory clumps are often represented by a Griffiths Gnat sz20.    This classic old pattern can be fished dry or drowned….give it a try!

About Bigflyguideservice

Full time fly fishing guide on the Truckee River and other California state waters. Smaller stream techniques as well as switch rod instruction. 40 years experience fly fishing. Catch and release only.
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