Tying the Zebra Midge

With cold weather approaching, many anglers will be focused on tailwaters where midges are an important part of a trout’s diet. The Zebra Midge, invented by Lees Ferry guide Ted Welling, imitates a tiny midge pupa, but you’ll be amazed by how such a tiny fly can attract large fish. In his book Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, Pat Dorsey describes how he uses the Zebra Midge when he needs a midge-pupa pattern that. . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Midge the “chiweenie”


Midge, a 21-year-old chihuahua-dachshund cross owned by Jen Roos, walks in a park in Abbotsford, B.C., on Friday September 9, 2011.

photo copyright THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Here’s a great story out of British Columbia, as told on the CTV website. Midge the “chiweenie”—a cross between a chihuahua and a dachsund—has just celebrated her twenty-first birthday. (That’s about 97 years old, to you and me.) Her owner, Jen Roos, adopted Midge when her elderly previous owners has to give her up and says that her experience should be a lesson to others when it comes to adopting older pets.
“There are older dogs out there who need some love and attention, and my heart went out to this couple when I heard of their situation. I met the dog and I thought ‘we’ll why not, she’ll fit in just fine,’ and she certainly has.”

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First Time Midge Fishing: Lessons Learned

Emily Neiley

Okay, so it’s the height of summer and the post I am sending you to is more than a year old and takes place in the winter. But you know, it’s still a great post about learning a new way of fly fishing, getting help from other anglers, and getting out there on your own and getting after it. It’s written by Emily Neiley, and appeared at bloodknot.net. It’s called Learning Winter Fly Fishing. In it, Emily shares her adventure of fly fishing under cover of darkness to learn skills without being seen.

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Video: Basic Insect Identification for Fly Fishers

Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, is back with another informative and humorous video seasoned with a few cranky opinions that are sure to ruffle some feathers. Sittig makes use of his Fisheries Biology degree to give a . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Shiney Hiney Caddis Pupa

A northern New Mexico native, “Hopper Juan” Juan Ramirez has been tying flies for two decades, and many of his patterns have become staples in Colorado and the Southwest. He shared some of his favorite patterns in a blog post here a few years ago. . . .

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Video: The First Episode of “Tying with Tom”

After a few technical difficulties, today’s premier of “Tying with Tom” was a big success, as Tom walked the audience through the basic tools every fly tier needs and then tied a Zebra Midge. We will be doing more of . . .

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“Literary Treasures” by William G. Tapply

Bill Tapply fishes one of his beloved Montana spring creeks.
Photo via williamgtapply.com

“The literature of angling falls into two genres: the instructional and the devotional,” wrote William Humphrey in his satirical little novel My Moby Dick. “The former is written by fishermen who. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Hatching Pupa

When I was first learning to fly-fish, in the early 1990s, my older brother, Brian, often took me to Stonehouse Pond, in Barrington, New Hampshire. We’d canoe around the 14-acre pond, casting nymphs and Hornbergs for stocked . . .

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