08-17-2012, 11:28 AM
Re: Midge-Nymph difference
Midge is a specific class of insect (dipthera/chironomid). They have a complete life cycle like a butterfly - from larva to pupa to adult. The aquatic phase is the larva and pupa. But generally, midge can also mean a small fly that is not a true midge. Some true midges can be relatively big so things can get confused.
Nymph is specifically the aquatic phase of mayflies, stoneflies, damselflies, dragonflies, crane flies, etc, etc; but is also used generically to describe a type of fly imitating the immature aquatic stage of all insects including midges.
When someone says they are fishing a midge nymph they are technically wrong but it is used commonly enough that we know what they mean.
Mayfly nymph - Baetis:
Pheasant Tail Nymph"
So the meaning of these terms can be specific or general and the meaning depends on the context in which they are used. In England, midge larva patterns are called "buzzers".
Note the parts of the fly vs the parts of the midge pupa:
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Last edited by silver creek; 08-17-2012 at 05:11 PM.