Midges are most popular with anglers who fish fertile, placid spring creeks and stillwaters. Their often tiny size frustrates anglers who encounter trout feeding selectively on their frequent hatches. Their many thousand species are impossible to sort out, but they all share similar stages and behavior as far as the angler is concerned.
This common name refers to only one family.
These are pretty much always called Midges.
Midges are the most important aquatic insects in some places, especially fertile spring creeks where they are extremely abundant and the current is so slow that it's efficient for trout to surface feed on very tiny insects.
Some midges are large, up to hook size 14, but the majority are size 22 or smaller. The number of genera and species is hopelessly huge for angler entomologists to ever learn, and the identifing characteristics often require slide-mounting tiny parts under high-powered microscopes. Even the most Latin-minded fisherman must slip back to the basics--size and color--to describe his local midge hatches.
Rheotanytarsus Midge Larva
View 6 PicturesThis peculiar midge lived in a case tightly fixed to a rock, with several others of its kind. The case seems to be made of tiny grains of sand. I'm not sure what the function is for the little lines sticking out the front, because they aren't legs.
Collected April 14, 2007
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