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    Clinch River, TN ["Sept-Oct" Midge]: By Shawn Madison

    This fly is insanely effective during the months of Sept-Oct on the Clinch.

    All you need to make the fly.

    • Add the glass bead,
    • wrap with thread to build body,
    • wrap to bend of hook and color enough thread to create rib.

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    What is the size of the hook?

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    Shawn,
    What a great idea to color the thread to make the ribbing! I have often colored the thread for the head or the posting of wings instead of changing threads, but I never though of just coloring the thread for the ribbing. I ususally tie in a seperate color of thread or wire, nice tip and another one of those why didn't I think of that moments
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knothead View Post
    What is the size of the hook?
    I use a #18.

    Flyman - I usually color most of my ribbing on midges size #20 and smaller. However; these midges will run a little light and I often add Gink-Wet on them and my tippet to get them to sink better. Wire is still a good choice for weighting the nymph and for dimension. This midge is almost an exact replica of the midges I seined every trip from Sept-Oct.

    I have a great spring midge to post too. I shall post it later if anyone is interested....
    Last edited by MadisonBoats; 11-29-2010 at 11:27 AM. Reason: Forgot to reply to Flyman
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    If you don't mind me asking, at what depth do you fish this pattern? Do you put weights on your tippet?
    I am asking because I have always been told to fish this pattern off the bottom. And I like hearing other ideas.
    Thanks
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by tire guy View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, at what depth do you fish this pattern? Do you put weights on your tippet?
    I am asking because I have always been told to fish this pattern off the bottom. And I like hearing other ideas.
    Thanks
    That really depends on the depth of the water I am fishing. Also, it depends where the fish are feeding-what depth. During the time frame I fish this midge; I usually fish it 8-12" in 2-3' of water. I do not weight my tippet. I cannot stand how it casts. I just Gink them to help them sink.
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    Shawn-

    I'm with you on weighted tippets, can't stand how they cast which is lousy!
    Much rather use a BH nymph, or a fly with a wire underbody to get it down to where the fish are holding.

    Bill

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    Try the lead or tungsten putty under the body or thorax of the fly. It takes it down where the fish live but doesnt effect the looks of the pattern.I just tell myself Im tying dry flies because nonel of mine will float. be safe

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    Haven't tried the putty, but I do like the 0.015 lead wire tied on the hook shank, before the rest of the fly gets tied on. Adds weight, but the .015 doesn't add a lot of bulk.

    Bill

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    Fellas,
    Really, the Gink-Wet works great and allows your fly to retain its shape, size, and it helps the tippet break the water film very quickly. It is amazing that you can find it at Kmart/Walmart on clearance for around $.30/tube.

    I use it on my tippet for dry flies too...
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