11-30-2008, 06:17 PM
Midwest fly fish kid-
You'll be throwing small flies and using light tippets with midges, so go with the 5 weight.
Joni could probably give you better advice about midge fishing in still water, so you might want to send her a PM if she doesn't pop into this thread. She fishes midges a lot and is very successful with them.
But here's my 2 cents. If you're fishing from shore, I would keep it simple. You could use a poly indicator as a 'bobber" and fish something like a Zebra Midge under it anywhere from 2-5 feet if you don't see fish rising. Cast it out and let it sit as log as you can stand it, then veeeerrrrrrryyyy slowly, like 3 Mississipppi's per inch, wait 10 Mississippi's, then another inch. repeat. and repeat. and repeat. You'll cover a lot of water that way, but it might make you nuts.
If you see rising or cruising fish, again to keep it simple, you could use a size 16 or 18 Griffiths Gnat (instead of an indicator) and hang an 18 or 20 Zebra Midge off the bend of it on 2 feet of tippet. (you don't want to use too long a tippet or you'll get tangles casting). This will hang the pupa right near the surface where trout can pick it off, and you may get something to whack the dry. If you see cruising or rising fish, the odds off catching go up, try and anticipate where they'll be and cast ahead of them to intercept them.
If you're fishing from a boat or float tube you can use a much longer tippet, say 20 feet with a floating line to get much deeper by tossing stuff over the side and feeding fly line out as you drift until you've got some fly line out, and do that same slow retrieve while drifting.
As far as detecting strikes, you want to keep a tight line, with no slack so you can feel fish hit.
If it's legal and you'll be fishing at the same spot without moving around too much, or are in a boat and can easily bring two rods, you might want to bring the 7 weight along too with a sink tip (or a full sink and short leader if you're in a boat or tube) and a big ugly black marabou muddler. Cast it out, let it sink by counting 10 Mississippi's and strip in like crazy. It's a good antidote to fishing midges which can be nerve wracking.
Hope this helps.