Video: How to Tie the Palomino Midge

The Palomino Midge was first tied by Brett Smith of Sheridan, Wyoming, for use on the famed Bighorn River. Smith used to live in Billings, and used this pattern all winter long to catch big trout on the Bighorn. Since then, the imitation of an emerging . . .

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Classic Winter Pattern: Josh’s Reaper Midge

Written by: Josh Williams


Winter trout often key on midges near or on the surface.
All photos by Josh Williams

Winter fishing in tailwaters can be both very fun and very frustrating. Although the absence of fair-weather fishermen means less angling pressure, you still have to deal with cold weather and. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Red and Black Midge

Many midge larvae are predominantly red, so you’ll find lots of patterns feature that color. Some of these tiny flies can be a pain to tie, if you’ve got fat fingers like I do. Here’s a super-simple . . .

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Top 10 Midge Patterns for Tailwaters

Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler


Orvis Charlotte Store Manager Mary Griffin caught this 22-inch South Holsten brown on a tiny midge imitation.
Photo by Trey Oliver

Whether you are fishing the Bighorn, the Missouri, or a tailwater elsewhere in the country, midges are among the most important hatches. These tiny patterns have proven themselves as. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Matt’s Midge

Winter is a great time to fish midge patterns, as these tiny bugs are often the only insects hatching in the colder months. Here’s a killer down-wing midge pattern from Orvis-endorsed guide Matt Miles. (While . . .

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Video: How to Tie Peg’s Midge

In much of the country, winter means fishing subsurface patterns almost all the time, but there are magical moments when the trout come to the surface. While the sight of these rises can be . . .

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