Midges
.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
05/01/08


Midges (Chironomidae)

Many of you will probably stop reading the "Hatches Made Easy" articles because I am
including midges. After all, who would go to Yellowstone to fish tiny imitations of
midges? They could do that in any tailwater there is in the nation. I cannot blame
anyone for not being excited about the midge but I do intend to tell you what you need
to be prepared for in order to catch trout at Yellowstone.
If you go to Yellowstone National Park when the season first opens, the weather will be
subject to be very winter like. There will probably be some snow and cold weather
during the first month or so. That doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to fish
midge patterns the entire time you are there. It just means that there could be
conditions where midge fishing would be productive, but not to mean that it is not
productive anytime during the season. It doesn't mean that you will only catch small fish
either. Presented at the right time and place, midge imitations can produce some very
large trout.
My point is that it will not do you any harm and may help save part of the trip if you carry
some midge imitations with you and get prepared to fish them in the event you need
too. Do I think you will have to resort to fishing midges? No, I don't. There are a lot of
streams in Yellowstone National Park and a lot of hatches occurring when the season
first opens. Even if the weather turns bad, there are other options. I just don't want to
leave out what may be a very productive method of fishing.
For those of you who are new to fly fishing for trout, when I say midge, I am referring to
one of the families of two-winged insects or "true flies". I am not referring to any type of
very small insect, small mayfly or caddisfly. Some anglers refer to any very small fly as a
midge, so don't be confused by that.
There are numerous species of midges but not a great deal of difference in them as far
as fly fishers are concerned. You can catch trout on three of the four stages of life of
the midge. Trout eat the larva, pupa and adults. In the forthcoming articles I will deal
with the details of some things you should know and some flies you may want to have
with you when you visit Yellowstone.

Coming Up Next:
Midges - Larvae, Pupae & Adults

Copyright 2008 James