Midge, a fly that we all use, pretty much year round. If you live near a tailwater, I can bet you have an entire box dedicated to just midges. In this post I just want to share with everyone, my top 10 midge patterns for the Tully, along with just about any other fishery that has a healthy midge population. About a moth ago I took my Tully box apart and separated all the midges, dedicating one whole box to just midges, I have been filling it with every bit of free time I get. When the caddis stop flying and the air temps drop, you can bet that the fish start keying in on microscopic midge larva, and tiny flies floating down on the surface.
The number one midge should be no surprise, its the Zebra Midge, it is a fly that can mimic just about any midge larva out there. Just change the size and color and you are good to go.
The DP Midge has to be my number two favorite winter midge pattern. It has fooled plenty of fish on all the spring creeks around the area.
This one is a very simple variation of a zebra midge, with a glass bead on the top, making it look like an emerger. This is a great one for the dead of the winter.
The red Mercury Midge is an awesome Tully pattern, I think it works better in the early spring, but has always produced fish when paired up with any other midge pattern.
The Purple Poison Tung is probably my most fished winter time midge, its just a little out there and off the beaten path.
Zebra midge emerger, this guy has a puff of tan Antron coming off the back, this is a great fly for picky fish, in the winter.
The Fingerling Midge is a little on the flashy side, and works very well in cloudy water. The little bit of flash gives is a glimmer in the water.
Miracle midge, is a great little pattern then there are lots of small tan midges on the water.
The Desert Storm midge is just a bright and fun fly to fish.
Rough Fishers Serendipitous Midge. This one is a great dead of winter flashy fly. I normally use this one as my point fly, and a smaller basic midge off the back of it.