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PaulRobertsMarch 23rd, 2018, 9:22 am

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Hi all. The midge emergences are now on in my local warmwater ponds. These are the large Chironomids (~#18/16).

Any idea whether such critters emerge at certain times of the day? Pupae in the morning? Egg-layers... ? I saw a mating swarm late morning yesterday, under mostly cloudy skies.

Any ideas on emergence timing for larger Chironomids?
TroutnutMarch 23rd, 2018, 10:33 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2555
I have no idea about midges specifically, but a very rough rule of thumb for this early in the season is that cold-blooded things tend to be the most active, including for emergence, at the warmest time of day.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
AdirmanMarch 29th, 2018, 8:44 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 490
Early season trout fishing is ideal for the late risers for sure cuz best action is middle of the day, in contrast to the entire rest of the season 😁😁
Jmd123March 29th, 2018, 8:56 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2415
Actually, early summer, when I don't even bother fishing before 8 p.m., REALLY lets me sleep in late! ;oD

But yes, around these parts the Hendricksons and any early caddis seem to come off in the early afternoon - essentially the warmest part of the day. This IS nice as Adirman says, you are fishing in daylight! Of course, later in summer during hopper season the warmer sunnier days are better, and I will start in the afternoon with hopper imitations and end at dusk with caddis...

I would guess midges would come off in the afternoon early in the season.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
AdirmanMarch 29th, 2018, 10:30 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 490
Reading your post gets the juices flowing for some good evening dry fly fishing action!! 😊
PaulRobertsMarch 29th, 2018, 2:31 pm

Posts: 1776
Thanks, all.

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