With the approach of winter, trout anglers start thinking more about fishing with midges, which make up a large portion of a trout’s diet during the colder months. In this great video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions not only shows you how to tie a simple midge imitation, but he also demonstrates how to rig it—including which knots he prefers—and how to fish it for maximum effect. It’s a full-service video that will help you hook more trout between now and when the larger bugs start hatching agin in late winter.
Simple Midge Larva
Hook: 3X-long natural-bend hook, size 24 (debarbed).
Thread/body: Yellow, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, extra-small.
Head: Tying thread, colored with a dark-brown permanent marker.
Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, sharp needle-nose pliers, sticky-note pad.