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Old 03-04-2011, 07:36 PM
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I went and fished a stocked pond today here in Maryland. Fishing ponds with the fly rod is new to me and I have been struggling to catch fish. Picked up a few on most days but never killed them. Well today I started catching a fair amount of fish today on a green weenie and decided to experiment a little and tied on a red zebra midge with a tuff of dubbingg on the thorax that I tied up. I fished it under small indicator and caught trout on my first three casts. I then proceded to catch fish pertty much every 5-6 casts for the next hour. The power bait guys just sat there and shook there heads. These were my first fish on a midge. Doubley nice that I tied them. I have read a lot about midge fishing but never could have imagine how effective they could be.
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Ain't it grand when you figure out what fish are really eating? It's a bonus when it is on a fly that you tied up yourself. One of the realities is that midges make up a majority of a trout's diet in stillwater. Keep up the good work.

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Tracker: Congrats! Like MP said, isn't it great when you start catching trout on a pattern you tied up! Welcome to midge fishing!

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Tracker12, Congratulations on your success.

Midges are overlooked by many fly fishers. Unless you fish a tailwater or maybe a lake you might never try midges. They are very productive for Trout and especially in deep lakes. The black/white Zebra midge is one of my favorites. I like to tie them with a white glass bead.

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Big time congrats!!!!

I believe midges was truly when the addiction started for me. Next try doubles with them or doubles with a soft hackle small thing. Now not only are you catching fish you have tons of combo's to try.

I think my two fily's I start with now day's is a #18 gold ribbed hairs ear with a #20 zebra midge. I start with red if that doesn't work move to black then grey or olive.

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Nothing sweeter than when you crack the code - well played, sir! Midges are my favorites and winter is my favorite season because of all the great fish we catch on midges.

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Thanks for the congrats. I learned a lot yesterday and definitely got an appreciation for the midge. I went to a Fly tying show today in the Philly area and saw a lot of great tiers with some simple but very impressive flys. Also listened to speakers Bob Clouser, Ed Shank and Joe Humphreys. Good stuff.

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I fished that exact copy of the hares ear and zebra midge last fall on the gunpowder and had success. Gold ribbed haresear and Prince nymph are my two favorites and I seem to have more confindence in them than others.
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What do you all recommend as a good Midge fly box. I can see that I am going to want a put all my midges together and keep them organized. I needed to tie up a bunch more tonight. Fished the pond again and ended up passing a few out to guys.
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I use a Umpqua Myran 3x4 fly box for my Brassie box currently, but I may switch to one of those magnetic C&F boxes. An issue that I have with the Myran is that some of the tiny Brassies (20 or smaller) migrates from one spot to another.

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