By Chuck Stranahan
The Fly Fishing Journal 

Winter midges, the serendipity, the $3 dip and Ross Merigold

 

December 14, 2023

Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal

This black winter midge is less than ¼" long. Trout love to eat them.

For a long time I didn't bother with fishing the winter midges that typically occur in December. They were too small – and I didn't know much about them.

That changed on those winter days when it was comfortable to be out fishing and I'd see a pod of trout rising incessantly in a foam eddy, and I couldn't catch them.

I learned that there are over fifty species of midges active in trout streams. That was intimidating.

Because they're so little they're difficult to see clearly, much less capture. It was impossible for me to do what I usually did with other flies during warmer weather: get...



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