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Some of the smallest insects are sometimes some of the most interesting. To both fish and fisherman, midges are among these insects and they usually appears in large quantites when they hatch. Preferably found in still water, such as lakes, and parts with slow moving water in rivers, streams and creeks, they are one of the most importonat food sources to many fish species, including brown trout.

Latin: Chironomidae

Midges are one of the largest familys within the order Diptera. There lifecylce goes from egg to larvae, pupae and finally adult insect. Midges are among the most important insects in the food chain for many fish species, including trout. There are several thousands of various species with in this family and most of them are true survivers and can be found in both fresh and saltwater.

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Midges are among the first and last insects to hatch during the season. In areas were you are allowed to fish during winter, large hatches of midges can very well bring alot of fish to the surface.

The pupae and adult insect are the most interesting to a fly fisherman. When fish feed on the hatching pupae hagning in the surface or the adult midge, they often do it with ease revealing this with a classic head-and-tail rise. When you fish your imitaitons, you often have to do it with concentration and be patient. Use long leaders and a fine tippet. A good idea is, especially if you are fishing still water, is to use an imitation of the adult midge at the end and further up the leader use imtiations of the pupae. You can also switch the imitaiton of the adult midge to a caddisfly (or other larger dry fly) and use that as an indicator to see if the fish took your imitation of the pupae or the real thing next to it.

And do remember, small flies do catch big fish.

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Midge Larva 5 Black

Midges will often bring the first fish of the season to the surface and the last. This small insects often hatch in large quantities and it's not uncommon for fish the get selective. During a hatch, the pupae is an easy target for the fish as they hang in the surface head up and tail down. Remember to approach a fish with ease that is feeding on midge pupae. Observe and be patient!
£2.24

Midge Larva 5 Red

Midges will often bring the first fish of the season to the surface and the last. This small insects often hatch in large quantities and it's not uncommon for fish the get selective. During a hatch, the pupae is an easy target for the fish as they hang in the surface head up and tail down. Remember to approach a fish with ease that is feeding on midge pupae. Observe and be patient!
£2.24

Midge Pupa 5 Black

When midges hatch the pupae will hang in the surface vertically with the head up. During this stage they are an easy target for the fish and often appear in large quantites. Due to this, even large fish will start to feed in the surface. When you fish flies that imitaties the midges pupae, you need to do so with great patient, especially in still water. Instead of picking up the line and trying to another spot, let the fly or flies be still in the same spot for a while. Fish will find them and they will pick up the fly as long as your leader do not spook them and your imitation has the right proportion, size and looks. They are normally greenish, brownish, red or black in colour.
£2.24

Midge Pupa 5 Red

When midges hatch the pupae will hang in the surface vertically with the head up. During this stage they are an easy target for the fish and often appear in large quantites. Due to this, even large fish will start to feed in the surface. When you fish flies that imitaties the midges pupae, you need to do so with great patient, especially in still water. Instead of picking up the line and trying to another spot, let the fly or flies be still in the same spot for a while. Fish will find them and they will pick up the fly as long as your leader do not spook them and your imitation has the right proportion, size and looks. They are normally greenish, brownish, red or black in colour.
£2.24

Midge Adult 4 Black

Just as with the midge pupae, the adult midge is of great importance to both fish and fly fisher. Especially so early and late in the season when a large hatch can bring good sized fish to the surface. J:son's imitation of an adult midge also works great to imitate a large number of other small insects that fish feed on, including micro caddis. Often fish will turn selective during a midge hatch and it's important to always keep imitations of both the pupae and the adult midge in your fly box. Remember to approach a fish with ease that is feeding on adult midges. Observe and be patient.
£2.65

Midge Adult 4 Red

Just as with the midge pupae, the adult midge is of great importance to both fish and fly fisher. Especially so early and late in the season when a large hatch can bring good sized fish to the surface. J:son's imitation of an adult midge also works great to imitate a large number of other small insects that fish feed on, including micro caddis. Often fish will turn selective during a midge hatch and it's important to always keep imitations of both the pupae and the adult midge in your fly box. Remember to approach a fish with ease that is feeding on adult midges. Observe and be patient.
£2.65