01-08-2011, 07:52 PM
Re: What size midge?
I don’t fish midges much at all, but I think the size will have a lot to do with where you’re fishing.
Around here (in NY and PA streams) most of the midges seem to run pretty small, size 18 or so to 26--- but if you fish a lot of western lakes midge sizes can range from 10-18— Joni and Mojo fish a ton of midge patterns in western lakes so they’ll be a great source of info for you, and I think they’ll confirm what big_e says.
If you fish the Sierras, this pattern index from Steve Ojai might be a good link, with a lot of midge patterns and their variations with recommended hook sizes:
Keep in mind that some hooks like the Tiemco 2457 and 2487 (to name just a few) are 2x short, so if you use them you might get away with a size 20 to imitate the real small stuff- just keep the bodies thin.
All bets are off if you fish some of the famous "technical" tailwaters like the San Juan, Green etc. where you might have to have the much smaller stuff.