I like to fish midge patterns, particularly when at tailwaters or when I want to throw something that looks innocuous. I’ve written before that Midge Larvae are a big part of my fly boxes. They work well as part of an indicator or Euro-style rig. I also like them as part of a dry-dropper set-up
This may not look like much, but, it really works. Many anglers rave about San Juan Worms. Unfortunately, I’ve not had much luck with any store-bought ones nor when I tie them in a “regular” size. I’ve tried all sorts of materials, colors and sizes. I’ve tried all sorts of patterns. Finally, I think I’ve
One of my go-to flies this past year is Lance Egan’s Rainbow Warrior. For some reason, trout really love it. It’s bright, has an interesting thorax from a magical material, and has a red-thread body underneath some plastic material. And, it’s extremely rugged. As I’ve blogged before, Lance is on the national fly fishing team.
TL;DR: Syl’s Midge is a go-to wet fly when trout are active but picky. One of my favorites. I first read about this pattern in David Hughes’ book, Handbook of Hatches: A Basic Guide to the Food Trout Eat and the Most Effective Flies to Match them. He rapturously writes about how incredibly effective it