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This topic is about the True Fly Family Chironomidae

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. Read more...

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JADMarch 4th, 2010, 11:06 am
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
I thing some members will like this video on midges.



They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
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FalsiflyMarch 4th, 2010, 11:14 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 661
Thanks John
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
FalsiflyMarch 4th, 2010, 11:56 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 661
John , since you brought up my favorite topic I thought I would add this for those who may have missed it.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
OldredbarnMarch 4th, 2010, 12:32 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608

Thanks for bringing the vid to our attention. April 1st near here they stock a small pond and it's only real food is midges...It's the only time I really get to stillwater fish for trout...It's less than a month away!

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Shawnny3March 4th, 2010, 1:58 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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MartinlfMarch 4th, 2010, 6:16 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3231

I'm probably going to buy this one. Thanks.

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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