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Midge patterns

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:23 pm
by Cris
Any suggestions on a good CDC midge pattern?

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:12 am
by Paul Arden
For me if it’s size 22 or smaller they all look the same :p I actually did pretty well years ago on the San Juan tying stillwater emergers - Shipmans, Suspenders etc - on 28-32 hooks. But to be honest I don’t think pattern matters when this is overwhelmingly a size issue. I did have some really nice tiny flies that Jelko gave me in Bosnia that would fit your description. But a tropical storm liberated those from me!

Cheers, Paul

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:04 pm
by Cris
So my size 18-22 is a bit on the big side lol, need to fire up the magnifying overhead for these then I feel

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:01 pm
by Paul Arden
Depends on the midge species. And if we are talking Chironomid and where they are. On the UK reservoirs Chironomid/buzzers can be size 10, maybe even 8. Down to size 16 I would always use suspenders and not CDC.

I probably shouldn't have answered this because I've realised that I have stopped tying patterns. I'll just go and hide in a corner now :D

Cheers, Paul

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:49 am
by flickingfeathers
Renee Harrop's transition midge is a nice little pattern if CDC is a must.

Stillwater, CDC shuttlecock is as good and fairly easy to see, although I would say a suspender or DHE is a better choice usually.

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:06 am
by Cris
Awesome thanks for the tip

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:47 am
by Boisker
Using CDC I like a shuttlecock pattern mentioned above
But generally find a bog standard traditional griffiths pattern is always a consistent catcher.... tied 24 through down to 14... cut all the hackle off flush underneath if you want it sat in the film rather than on top of it... killer pattern, as simple as they get to tie...

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:51 pm
by Viking Lars
My best advice - replace all the CDC with polyyarn and you get a much better fly that you can dry easily.
I'm really no fan of CDC at all :-).

What size midges are you asking about, because I'm in Paul's corner here (HAH, get it?). The smaller it gets, the less important the pattern is. Shipman's, Griffith's Gnat and small, simple hackled hackle-tip-winged flies are pretty much all I use.

Lars

Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:43 am
by t.z.
Tying a Griffiths Gnat is dead easy by the way ...


Re: Midge patterns

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:45 am
by t.z.
Viking Lars wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:51 pm
My best advice - replace all the CDC with polyyarn and you get a much better fly that you can dry easily.
I'm really no fan of CDC at all :-).

What size midges are you asking about, because I'm in Paul's corner here (HAH, get it?). The smaller it gets, the less important the pattern is. Shipman's, Griffith's Gnat and small, simple hackled hackle-tip-winged flies are pretty much all I use.

Lars
I agree and since it's easier for me to obtain hares feet than poly yarn, I use that instead :-)