What?? No bloodworm ??
I also don’t fish mids much in the early morning, but I do fish them under cloudy low light conditions. I have found that in those cases, a white bead tends to work better, but not always. White beads also tend to work better in algae stained or tannin water. Some gill material catches the algae and gums it up, where the white beads stays clean.Nice. I rarely fish Mids but my fishing are always early mornings so I gravitate towards the white and chrome ones for better visibility (IMO at least).
Do you find that fish have an easier time finding/eating brighter patterns vs darker ones in low light conditions?
Well, the headline didn't specify and the angling technique is essentially the same, but I'm on board now.Blood worms are a whole different life stage of the midge, this is a pupal stage thread, not a larval stage thread
I don’t think I have 6 top bloodworm patterns. My wife has the fly tying table for the next two days, but on Saturday I’ll tackle the idea, unless you want to beat me to it. Gut bomb?I kinda cheated with the red body/white bead pattern in the photo. I have had success using it when blood worms are on the menu. When blood worms are really active maybe the white bead stands out in the crowd?
Well, chironomids are the pupal stage, so the title kind of did specify! As for the same technique, I fish just about anything using the same technique, including baitfish patterns. So yeah...Well, the headline didn't specify and the angling technique is essentially the same, but I'm on board now.
Put me down for a Bronzie in that grouping and probably the Flashback Pheasant Tail for a little variety.
The two lower patterns on the left were good last weekend (last day before the lockdown!). The chrome/burgundy rib late morning in full sun and pearl olive with black rib during the afternoon overcast. Both smaller than pictured #16.
Did a little research on the word and found out that it describes an entire class of insects, both aquatic and non- , so technically, all stages can be called chironomid, it is the same insect after all.Well, chironomids are the pupal stage, so the title kind of did specify! As for the same technique, I fish just about anything using the same technique, including baitfish patterns. So yeah...
True, midges are in the order Diptera, or “True Flies”, so I guess in a way those who fish midge patterns are “True Fly” fisherman. Caddisflies on the other hand are not in the order Diptera so fly fishing must not include those, right? Now come on, we all know better that the definition of fly fishing has changed and as such the definition of using chironomids in most fly fishing circles has also changed. Ask a person on a lake what they are using and they say chironomid, most will immediately assume that the person is using a representation of the pupal stage, in fact claiming you are fishing a mid/chironomid when in fact you are soaking a blood worm is really uncool, unless you are either highly ignorant, or a dick. I’ve been a dick before. The same could be said if you were fishing an emerger just under the surface and again claimed you were fishing a chironomid. So I’ll stick to my original Top 6 mids being the pupal stages. We fly fisherman like to break up the life cycles of aquatic insects.Did a little research on the word and found out that it describes an entire class of insects, both aquatic and non- , so technically, all stages can be called chironomid, it is the same insect after all.
What I did not know was, that although mosquitoes and chironomids belong to the same genus Diptera, a mosquito is not considered a chironomid as that word applies only to non-biting insects.
You learn something every day.
Do you ever tie them in white, and then take a selection of markers and change to different colors while out fishing? I had a guy tell me to do that, but in thinking about it, you wouldn't be to have the segmented body in or risk changing it to one color. Probably overthinking it!