Muerto Midge

Curtis - April, 2018

Chances are, if you've been around lakes or reservoirs much, you've seen times where the fish seem to feed on the surface but aren't really feeding entirely on the surface. More often than not, they're feeding in or just below the surface before they focus on the actual chironomid or midge adults. Similar to the trusty Foamerger pattern, the Muerto Midge is intended to be fished just in the surface film. The main difference with this pattern is that the white foam buds are meant to imitate a very pronounced feature on the naturals that, in my opinion, are a crucial targeting point for the fish as they feed -- especially in stillwaters. So we keep the magic tail/shuck feature from the Foamerger and just add a couple more features to optimize it on bigger bugs targeting (often) bigger fish on bigger non-moving waters. I will fish this the same way, overall, with just a dab of floatant on the top of the foam. The rest of the body can hang in the surface film. It's also good to perhaps use a bigger fly as an indicator of sorts or you can use some Loon Biostrike (see link below) about 18 inches up from the fly.

Material List
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

$9.49
Rainy's Evazote Foam
Rainy's Evazote Foam
Rainy's Evazote Foam
Rainy's Evazote Foam

Rainy's Evazote Foam

$3.50
Mirage Tinsel - Opal
Mirage Tinsel - Opal

Mirage Tinsel - Opal

$1.65
EZ Magic Dub
EZ Magic Dub
EZ Magic Dub
EZ Magic Dub

EZ Magic Dub

$4.50
Hanak H 530 BL Pupa & Allround
Hanak H 530 BL Pupa & Allround

Hanak H 530 BL Pupa & Allround

$8.95
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

$39.99
Loon Biostrike
Loon Biostrike
Loon Biostrike

Loon Biostrike

$7.50
Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated
Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated

Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated

$72.95