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Old 12-14-2011, 10:19 AM
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Here is a video of hatching midges. Notice how bright the heads are.
http://midcurrent.com/videos/the-life-cycle-of-midges/
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Thanks for the link, that was the video series that I was really thinking about!

Looks to me that the midge larvae were going headfirst up to the surface, and then headfirst downstream, until they hatch. It looked to me that the current was going from right to left. Is that what you saw?

Think I might be tying some reverse flies in the near future.

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Old 12-14-2011, 10:44 AM
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Yep. I'm betting trout are keying in on the brightness of the head of the midge. The point about the midges attaching to the surface and making a "U" shape was interesting. I've tied a midge that floats hook point up at the surface, but I have yet to get a chance to try it. I suspect it will have some issues staying point up in flowing water.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:53 PM
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I have known Ole Smoke for a while now and have fished with him on the Smith and the South Holston. If he ties something it will catch a fish. He doesn't tie something for looks. He studies the bug and then ties the fly. Deny it Ole Smoke!
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:09 PM
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Yep. I'm betting trout are keying in on the brightness of the head of the midge. The point about the midges attaching to the surface and making a "U" shape was interesting. I've tied a midge that floats hook point up at the surface, but I have yet to get a chance to try it. I suspect it will have some issues staying point up in flowing water.
You might try tying some lead or tungsten wire to the hook shank and see if it goes hook up for use as a nymph, or a small lead head jig hook. I tie saltwater flies also for bonefish, permit, etc. and you want the fly to go hook up without snagging turtle grass, sea weed, etc.

The other idea, for a surface midge is to use small foam cylinders for the body.

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Old 12-15-2011, 07:43 PM
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Ok here is what I found with the float tests today........the CDC becomes the axis and the hook bend acts like a cantilever to lift the tail of the fly.Nice look for an ole hairball.



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Old 12-15-2011, 08:39 PM
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Interesting, but I wonder what will happen if a leader is attached. It's a neat looking pattern. I like the pics too. I tried taking some photos from the underside of a fly floating, but did not get the good results you did.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:53 PM
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set a mirror under a petri dish and photograph the image in the mirror
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:21 AM
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Great photo, really shows how the midge will float in the surface film.

Thanks for sharing that with us, I'll be tying some reverse flies soon.

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:40 PM
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Interesting information and photos. Midges in the surface film are prime targets, much more so than the larva or adult stage IMO.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:47 AM
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Here is my attempt at duplicating an emerging midge as seen in the video.
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As the trout sees it.
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