CDC Midge Emerger

No-See-Um Patrol

The midge hatch has always been one of my favorite hatches for reasons I still can't quite figure out.  It always cold and the bugs are super tiny, but maybe that's why I like it so much.  Those two factors keep a lot of people off the water and on the couch, so there is more river to enjoy.  I first started fishing the midge hatch pretty heavily about 17 years ago, and It's kind of been hit and miss for me based on how much motivation I have to go stand in the cold (read: Angler who sits on the couch as noted above).  In order to catch midge eaters, its important to have a few different styles of flies, and the emerger is one that should be at the top of your list.  Keep them sparse and simple, fish them with a good presentation, and you will be landing fish in no time. The beauty of this fly is that you can switch it up to a wide range of colors to match the flies in your area.  Pop some tylenol, grab the size 24s and off you go.

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Hook: TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook - 24 - 25 Pack
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Blue Dun
Shuck: Antron Yarn - Carded - Rusty Orange
Thorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's Gray
Wing: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Gray Dun
Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Slate Dun
Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Slate Dun
Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Gray Dun