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Midge patterns

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Midge patterns

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Post by Cris » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:23 pm

Any suggestions on a good CDC midge pattern?

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by Paul Arden » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:12 am

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!

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by Cris » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:04 pm

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

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Post by Paul Arden » Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:01 pm

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

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by flickingfeathers » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:49 am

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.

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by Cris » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:06 am

Awesome thanks for the tip

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by Boisker » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:47 am

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...

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Re: Midge patterns

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Post by Viking Lars » 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.

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