Still water midges

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Looking to get in some tying in my spare time this winter, I am wanting to tie up some midge patterns to use in some of out lakes here in Ct. I just have not found any patterns that would be noted for Ct. still waters. With so many different patterns around the world there is a lot to look at.
Just wondering if any one may have been getting into this in our areas and what might be a good starting point.
 

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Having grown up on Taunton Lake in CT and periodically going back for family visits I can recommend the Zebra midge in black, red or olive in size 16-24 it is an easy tie and works in still or moving waters everywhere. In my opinion that would be a good place to start. You will only need hooks, thread, some silver wire and silver metal beads. On still waters in a slight wind you can dead drift under an indicator or in calm conditions use a sink tip or sinking line and countdown method followed by a very, very slow finger twist strip. You will not only catch trout but panfish as well.

You might also want to consider getting this book it is very good information...
https://www.amazon.com/Flyfishers-Guide-Connecticut-Ron-Merly/dp/1932098895
 

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I’ve no experience in your area but, the Red Butt Chironomid is a reliable and consistently productive Stillwater pattern for me. It’s an easy tie and worth trying!
 

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Thank you guys, that is great info, I have tied up some patterns i had found and will tie up some more. I have mostly fished lakes with classic streamers and enjoy soft hackles but, wanting to expand a bit more. Tight lines, come ON Spring time !
 

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He Is a leader in the field. I enjoy his info. I wonder if there are patterns he has that reflect on areas other then the North East. but, would think they would be close enough. Thank Dillon
 

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I'd feel confident with any of the recommended patterns, #18-22 red with silver rib and a white breather was my favorite in nearby RI.
Hi Trev, Thank you, close waters with patterns that work is nice.
 

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Thank you Stu,
I will tie up some of these, I have some close to these. I like the 3rd one down, looks real. Thank you.
 

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This is Great ! keys just to small for the fingers some times, find that at the vise as well at times. LOL
 

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No matter what size pattern you are using if the fly is not put in the direction the rising fish is going in order to hook
 

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If I remember correctly Gary Borger has some very good material on still water midges. One rule of thumb I like to follow with midges and especially still water is Thin to Win. Go a bit longer than normal midges for still water as well.
 

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All of you share great info. I always look into it. One thing I have found that is the east coast still water/Lake info on midges just does not seem to have the same attention as it has in other areas like B.C or the central to western areas of the USA.
 
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