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So…Fall, my favorite time of year. What follows with be a smattering of patterns, small and large (in the following post), for use in the Eastern Sierras and primarily – the Lower Owens River. These guys would work almost anywhere in the West and maybe some other places as well… Life intruded a bit on my completing all of the recipes and additional information – it does that, sometimes…MIDGES - 2 BWO's FALL 2015

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm

This pattern is an Adrian Keller design. I featured, but did not tie it, about six years ago. Finally…done…

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

PAL MIDGES GRP

PAL (MIDGEs)…

OWENS TRACK

Lower Owens River, Wild Trout section…Bishop, CA…with what is needed soon…

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER,Cream – Willmott-Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 (and smaller when they make them)

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dubbing, #.11 Cream – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

The PME was developed by long time guides Gary Willmott and Scott Sanchez on the upper Snake River.. It was originally tied on a TMC 101 hook. The abdomen on this pattern is meant to hang below the surface film so use floatant only on the hackle and wing. I tied this is cream because this Midge color is predominant on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: UnderAbdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

Another Paul Freeman variant of a pattern for the San Juan River ( link to Paul below). I always use white tread as a base under floss bodies. A little trick I learned a while back  – it adds to the translucency of a floss abdomen which is particularly important for Midge Larva or Pupa…

Mat UV2 RC MIDGE

Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Mallard feather section, curved side up – (I spread a little thinned Dave’s Flexament on it)

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

This is an interesting Ken Iwamasa pattern that he uses on the Frying Pan River in the video linked to under his name. I have caught one or two Trout in that section over the years. His take on the shuck imitation is, well… provocative…

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Head – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper wire – * coat fly with Hard As Hull for durability

It does not get much simpler than this Midge Larva. I have taken some of my largest Trout on this type of pattern over the past several years and I keep a stock of them in different colors for me and my tribe to use…

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

owens-wt-moo-1

CRUMPLED MIDGE time on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

CRUMPLED MIDGE CREAM

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White /Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Cream, Black, Olive, Brown, etc. Micro Tubing (it’s hollow, it floats)

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

A variation on an older Ed Engle pattern that is meant for sippers in flat water on cold, overcast, snowy days. Here be a few of those on the Lower Owens River…checkout some of Ed’s other small patterns on the link above…

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Olive – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Black – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

Mat CRUMPLED MIDGE

Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

michael-lower-owens_1_

A good time and place to use the pattern below…Michael says so…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: (of working black thread) 1/100″ Opal Micro Flashabou

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.15, Fl. Purple

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

Another attractor Midge type pattern in flashy colors. I like these on particularly cold days and fish them with the expectation that there will soon be a nice Trout attached to it…usually happens…

Mat COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen, Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

WING: EP – Trigger Point Int’l Fibers , BWO (Dun)

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

A variation on THIS Craig Matthews pattern for the BWO/Baetis Fall hatch on the Lower Owens River…I like Enrico’s Trigger Point Int’l fibers of small patterns and it comes in an array of insect colors…

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE(s)…#16 & #18…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

WINGLETS: 1 strand Krystal Flash UV Purple, doubled back, for one each side

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

A Midge Pupa in Purple for AM or PM low light and overcast conditions…

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE – Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

ABDOMEN:  Lt. Copper Holoshimmer – Coat completed fly with Hard As Hull for  durability

This is a simple Midge Larva pattern that is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern. Notice on the link to Sulky Holoshimmer, the amount of different available colors. Do not be adverse to trying ALL of them out…it makes a great ribbing material too for smaller patterns !

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

LOWER OWENS FALL

Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: 80% Micro Fine dub., BWO Gray Olive / 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, FL. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

A bit of an attractor BWO nymph pattern that sinks like a rock. I fish these upstream then let them swing upwards through the drift…

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials  HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 , White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands of Olive Superhair, 1 strand Black Superhair

THORAX: 1 strand 1/100″ Micro Opal Flashabou over Black thread

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

Charlie Craven new addition to the JuJu series. This one is not up on the Flybox site yet. Some of his other JuJu patterns may be found HERE. They have been very productive for me where large populations of Midges are found…Mat JUJU FLASH

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

PT/TB

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These will be various imitations that will be tried out by Michael and I in the Fall. Now I know exactly what they will be…I let inspiration and intuition deal with it…I learned that somewhere

MIDGES FALL 2013 -1-THIS…is Midges for Fall 2013…

Lil Moo Lake GER -1-Lil’ MOO… does recon in Germany…

EWR MOO FLY SEL -1-Decisions, decisions…Michael (Big MOO) on the East Walker River…

GRAY MATTER MIDGE -1-GRAY MATTER MIDGE …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Gray – Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black, thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Lt, Blue Dun/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Gray working thread, * Coat with Hard as Hull and then wrap…

RIB # 1: Midge Mirage Opal

RIB # 2: Ultra Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Purple

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Love these hooks which are available online from the Gamakatsu store for U.S. customers. This is an attractor Midge idea in Gray, with a flashy abdomen, double rib wrapped…Gray is an under used color for Eastern Sierra Midges and they (Gray Midges) are very present in the East Walker River…

Mat Gray Mat MIDGE -1-Materials for GRAY MATTER MIDGE…

GRAY MATTER MIDGES -1-GRAY MATTER MIDGE (s)…

LIMEY LARVAE -1-LIMEY THE (Midge) LARVAE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0 (or smaller), Olive -* Coat with Hard As Hull, then wrap

OVER ABDOMEN: Lime, Glow in the Dark, Flasabou…over the wet Nano Silk

RIB: Black Ice Thread

This and the following pattern, incorpoate Glow in the Dark Flashabou for over abdomens…this material has, in my mind some useful applications for Caddis Larvae and I will be doing one, in size #18 with a Black Tungsten, which will be sent back East for some testing by that guy from Trout Predator and Michael. As a Midge…I see it clobbering on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat LIMEY MIDGE -1-Materials for LIMEY (Midge) LARVAE…

LIMEYS MIDGE -1-LIMEY MIDGES (Larvae)…

EW AFTERNOON BROWN -1-These guys like MIDGES…

ANACONDA MIDGE CP LARVAE -1-ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: (Not pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0 (or smaller), Copper * Coat with Hard As Hull before wrapping…

OVER ABDOMEN: Flashabou Glow in the Dark, Orange – wrap over wet head cement

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread

One note on tying with Nano Silk…this stuff is REAL slippery. I like to hold the tag end with rubber tipped hackle pliers and give two half hitches over my initial few wraps on the hook shank…otherwise it will spin off the hook…I hate when that happens…

Mat ANA COP MIDGE -1-Materials for ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

COP ANA MIDGE LARVAE -1-ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

RED ZONE BM -2-RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (Olive) – Freeman/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Fl. Fire Orange/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Micro Tubing, Red

WING: Sheet foam, .5mm, White

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, Red – * Coat with UV resin

This is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern used on the San Juan River. White foam winds add some interesting movement to patterns under the water’s surface and I fish these patterns from the bottom to the top of the column…check out Paul’s site for some other proven Midge patterns…

Mat RED ZONE MIDGE -1-Materials for RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (Olive)…

RED ZONE MIDGES -1-RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (s) (Olive)…

ALLY FISHTAIL MT -2-Red headed daughter…in the ZONE…

QS PURPLE SAGE MID -1-QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18 – Daiichi 1140, #18 – #22

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: A few strands of non-flash DNA Ho;o Fusion. Sage

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING(s): Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, Purple – * Coat with UV Resin

BEAD: HI-LITE, Quicksilver, X-sm

A Midge pupa pattern, again going with a gray-ish theme. I fish ’em from the bottom to the surface but it may also be used as a dropper off a larger dry pattern…

Mat PUR SAGE MIDGE EMGR -1-Materials QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE…

PURPLE SAGE MIDGE EMGRs -1-QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE (s)…

GLL MIDGE -4-GREEN LANTERN LARVAE (Midge)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: A few strands of non-flash DNA Ho;o Fusion – Dark Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, X-sm

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Fl. Chartreuse – * Coat with UV Resin

This larva’s thorax lights up under a UV torch…I believe it will light up a few Browns, in the Eastern Sierras, as well…

Mat GRN LANTERN MIDGE -1-Materials GREEN LANTERN MIDGE…

GRN LANTERN MIDGES -1-GREEN LANTERN MIDGES…

ALLY MT RANCH -1-Ally, pre-fly rod fishing… on a Montana lake with her fly and bubble…less than enthused…Island Lake, MT…

Fish smileys

RC PEN TST -1-

RC (Midge) LARVAE – Freeman/Variant…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Gold Micro Floss, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacok Eyes, Black

I like this floss ! When used over white thread, it gives the abdomen a translucent effect…that is why tiers have been using it for as long as it has been around…just remember to use white thread, laid FLAT, beneath the floss…

Mat RC MIDGE -1-Materials for RC (Midge) LARVAE…

RC (s) MIDGES -1-A 12 Pack of RC’s…

RC MID PAN -1-Different camera, different view…

PINKLY TM -1-PINKLY  The Midge…

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pink Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Pink Ice Thread, 1 strand Red Ice Thread

WING(s): 1 strand Grizzly Flash – Black/Red

THORAX: Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing –  Wapsi

BEAD: Brite Bead, Silver, sized to hook or Nickel Tungsten bead

WEIGHT: Optiona –  .010 lead wire, 2-3 wraps, pushed into bead

Pink – another under used color that I have had great success with. Ice Thread over thread adds to the segmentation effect and the real  Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing is one of my favorites…

Mat PINKLY MIDGE -1-Materials for PINKLY MIDGE…

PINKLY (s) -1-PINKLY (s)…

MOO HOT CREEK -2-There be Midges in thar’….

RPM -2-ROYAL PEACOCK MIDGE …(R & B’n my youth)

HOOK:  TMC 200R – #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire, x-fine

ABDOMEN: Non-flash strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Purple – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Red

GILLS: White Antron Floss

BEAD: HI-Lite, Blue Peacock, x-sm

Purple…last color to be seen at depth, cloudy or murky water or at sunrise or dusk…they just plain work…

Mat RPM -1-Materials for ROYAL PEACOCK MIDGE…

RPMidges -1-RPM’s…

TRIBE C. MIDGE -3-TRIBE C. MIDGE PUPA (Yellow/Amber) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1150, #18, Daiichi 1140,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill, thorax forward

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Yellow Ice Thread – 1 strand Amber/Dk. Tan Ice Thread

WING(s): DNA Holo Fusion, Tan

THORAX: Trouthunter Amber dubbing

Yeah, they’re around and I have seen them in alpine lake and backwaters on certain rivers I fish…carry a few…

Mat TRIBE C> -1-Materials TRIBE C. MIDGE…

BUN TRIBE C> -1-The TRIBE…

ally-mad REDO-1Ally…workin’ the water where some of the TRIBE might be found…in the Fall…

FL OR UV2 MIDGE =1=FLOSS & UV2 Fl. ORANGE MIDGE …

Hook:  Gamakatsu C13U – #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdome – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Fl. Fire, Orange/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Brown – over white thread

RIB: Ice Thread, Red

WING(s): DNA Holo Fusion, Flashy Strand, Brown…*note: the strand will split into smaller sections

A Brown Midge Pupa for the Lower Owens River where they abound…fish it from the bottom to the top, dead drift or swung…

BRN FLOSS UV2 MIDGE -1-Materials for FLOSS & UV2 Fl. ORANGE MIDGE…

BUN UV2 FLOS  BRN MID -1-Ready for H2O….

CPA COP NAN AZURE MIDGE -1-CPA (Copper Nano Azure) MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax froward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Copper – over white thread

RIB: Ultra Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash, Copper/Blue

THORAX: Airizona Diamond Hair, #4. Lt. Blue

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Blue, sized to hook

This is just an attractor Midge…the kind that puts me into good Trout… just about anywhere – any of the Grizzly Krystal Flash wings make great triggers -as a few who follow this BLOG have discovered (…and ‘ya know who you are)

CPA MIDGE BUNCH -1-A few CPA MIDGES in #16 & #18…

Mat CPA MIDGE -1-Materials for CPA MIDGE…

FLYIN TRT EW -1-Brown Trout, flippin’ out, on the East Walker River…must have chomped one of my psychedelic patterns… 

NEXT – THAT…would include, in separate posts – some of these:

EW BAETIS -1-Baetis/ BWO’s, Sow Bugs, Scuds, an Annelid, another RETRO pattern and some additional Euro patterns…in no particular order

PT/TB

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