28, 2010 - SE PA Midging
in some New Year fishing and the fish did not disappoint. Fortunately
on this day, in the flattest pieces of water, the trout were looking
up. During the heat of the day on this particular limestoner,
the midges made enough of a presence to get the trout eating off
the top. Definitely can't beat late-January dry fly fishing.
On this day the flies that produced the most were a simple black
midge - - size 22 - - tied onto the end of a 6x tippet. All this
pattern consists of is a thread body, and a few wraps of black
hackle near the eye. The other fly the trout just could not refuse
was a size
22 olive comparadun. This is a pattern not normally used on our
end to imitate a midge, but on this day it produced. It was also
very easy to spot, at the end of a very long cast. As is always
the case, a stealthy approach is best. And if you can stay out
of the water, the better off you will be. If you make too much
wake - - forget about it. You will put down the fish.
Since this outing though, conditions have changed dramatically.
But give it some time, and no doubt, before the winter season
is over, the midges will be back.