Friday, February 12, 2010

Small Flies (really small)

Have you ever fished when you know the trout are eating, but you can't tell what's on the menu? I'm not talking about having trouble with insect identification, I'm talking about when you can't even see the bugs that the fish are eating! Micro midge activity, can be a tough day on the water if you don't have the right fly (see the 2nd photo below). On the other hand with the right fly it can be the most productive day of fishing you have ever had. Anglers typically do not like to use these small flies (which is another reason why they work so well), but from experience they are worth the extra effort of tying them on and using light tippet. Most days when the trout key in on these ultra small midge larva or pupa you do not have to tie on another fly all day (unless of course you break off).

#30 midge larva. Don't be afraid of this hook. It is not that hard to tie, you can fit high quality 7X tippet through the eye, and they actually hold on to fish!

The 'big' fly in focus is a #20 midge larva. This picture shows the true size of these micro midge flies.

#26 midge emerger with krystal flash wings. Many times #26 is as small as you need to go. With a little practice this size fly can produce a high land:loose fish ratio.



7 comments:

mike doughty said...

very nice luke!

Charles R. Craumer said...

do you plan on hooking and landing large trout on these? for big trout i tie size 22's and 20's on size 16 hooks

Midgeman said...

My compliments, very nicely tied! In addition, your comments of these little guys effectiveness is right on!

Luke C Photo said...

thanks mike.

Charles ~ thanks for the visit... the trout I go after with these only reach 16" - 18" at the largest, so they are not huge fish. They are so heavily pressured that any fly larger than the micros shown in the pic would actually put them down during a midge hatch (especially the larger smarter fish). Another problem is the late summer midge hatches in this particular stream get so small that a #22 hook looks HUGE, so trying to possibly adapt your strategy to something that would work on my stream, say a #30 midge tied on a #22 hook still wouldn't be acceptable.. I've tried.

thanks for the visit Midgeman!

Riffle Master said...

luke nice flies but, you are out of control!!!!! i hate tying anything smaller than 20, and i usaully tie them on 18's(old eyes)

bfly said...

Great work! It looks as though you may be almost finished filling the binder too.

Phantom Santa said...

Luke great site and some great posts, just wondering what lens you are using for this midge shots. very nice macro !