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    Default Any Good Colorado Midge patterns?

    As we head into fall and winter I'm hoping some of you may be able to provide some midge (or other) suggestions for the Front Range (Arkansas, South Platte, etc).

    I've heard the Zebra Midge, Blood Midge, Pearl Jam, and even small RSIIs are good choices. Any other late fall or winter suggestions? Too bad the regular season is drawing to a close, I hope to try and get out some during the colder months and make the best of it.

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    Default Re: Any Good Colorado Midge patterns?

    I hope other folks chime in because I am in the same boat as you. TBBlom suggested in a different thread a winter warrior in black (you tube video is available). Other than that I have been going off this webpage and then mixing in a few variations

    Flies for Fall and Winter and…. « PlanetTrout

    I picked up the midge jaws for my peak vise yesterday so now I can start doing more 22's and 24's
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    I tie a lot of Midge patterns for use in tail waters I fish here in CA. A lot of the patterns are based on stuff from CO tiers like Pat Dorsey, Steve Parrot, Jude Duran and a lot of other guys that fish the front range and San Juan...

    Send me a PM if there is anything I may help you with...



    Some more Midges...

    PT/TB
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    Default Re: Any Good Colorado Midge patterns?

    Mike: Also take a look at the Midgeman's site: The Old Poudre Canyon Chronicles Pattern List

    Also take a look at Charlie Craven's Fly Box, use the drop down box to scroll through his patterns: Charlie's FlyBox - Colorado's Best FlyShop and online Fly Tying Tutorials

    Those two sites should keep you busy for awhile!

    Larry
    Larry


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    Try this one out! Its a very simple pattern and its one been probably the most consistent patterns on my home waters, the tailwaters of the sierras, for the last 3 years. Its also worked well in idaho and montana.

    I dont have any pictures because im not at home with all my tying gear but its not too difficult.

    Take your favorite curved shank midge hook slide an extra small mercury bead onto the shank, lay down a light dun thread body and rib with 8/0 uni thread.
    Coat the whole thing in UV knot sense. This thing is simple, realistic and bombproof.

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    Default Re: Any Good Colorado Midge patterns?

    Once again you guys are awesome,love the Poudre site as I plan to spend some weekends up there soon.

    PlanetTrout I see you tie a lot of bead head midges do you find you tie them both ways as in

    Beadless for fishing surface or just barely subsurface

    Beaded for fishing deeper than 6" below subsurface all the way to the bottom ?



    PS as a side note, best midge Ive tied and hammered fish on was a purple variation of Charlies Poison tung

    tmc 2488 or Dai-Riki 135 size 18-22
    Gold brass bead to fit
    Purple Uni Thread
    XSM Gold wire rib
    Ice Dub UV Blue thorax
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    "PlanetTrout I see you tie a lot of bead head midges do you find you tie them both ways as in

    Beadless for fishing surface or just barely subsurface

    Beaded for fishing deeper than 6" below subsurface all the way to the bottom ?"

    comeonavs

    This is the East Walker River, in Bridgeport, CA:



    ...in my experiences there, the Trout are rarely looking up...when I use Midges there, they are fished deep in the water column...whether they have no beads, glass beads, brass beads or tungsten beads - that includes both larva and pupa. On those rare occasions when the fish are taking Midges as emergers, I will fish them as trailers off a dry Caddis or May fly imitation about 8"-12" off the bend of the larger fly pattern...I will use dry Midges like the "V" Midge on the Lower Owens River when I see the sippers working...

    Here a a couple that kill, down deep, on that river...



    SIMPLY RED…(And, PURPLE)…

    HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18
    THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
    BEAD: 5/64 Black Nickel, (4 wraps 0.10 lead)…or Tung
    ABDOMEN: Red Krystal Flash
    RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm
    THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent dyed peacock eye, Purple



    CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…

    THREAD: For ABDOMEN, Tiemco 16/0, White…For HEAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

    HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

    RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper

    * Coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense for durability…



    MOO’S (TRUE) BLUE MIDGE…

    THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

    HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

    SHUCK: Blue Krystal Flash

    ABDOMEN: Blue Holographic Flashabou

    RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, x-fine…*NOW coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense…

    THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Purple…twist around thread and stroke to the rear…

    BEAD: (HARELINE) Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook..

    Moo is my son Michael...here is one Brown he caught on that pattern...




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    Default Re: Any Good Colorado Midge patterns?

    I'm a big fan of the Disco Midge. Good pattern for stillwater trout too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Mike: Also take a look at the Midgeman's site: The Old Poudre Canyon Chronicles Pattern List

    Also take a look at Charlie Craven's Fly Box, use the drop down box to scroll through his patterns: Charlie's FlyBox - Colorado's Best FlyShop and online Fly Tying Tutorials

    Those two sites should keep you busy for awhile!

    Larry
    Great links. Thanks for posting 'em.

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    As of lately, I have become a big fan of the Blue Poision Tungs, Ju Ju midges as well. The way I see midges is if they are simple to tie they will most likely be killer.

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