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  • #4569

    JoeFriday
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    It seems that about half the times I fish, and in all the places, the trout are only interested in midge emergers. This wasn’t a huge problem for me a few years ago (in my pre-40s). That was when I could tie on a #18 fly without a magnifying glass, and could (kinda) see griffith’s gnats on the water. Not anymore.

    Do any of you have a similar situation? What do you do (aside from swearing… I already have that down to an art)?

    Brett

    #4570

    Grsdlnr
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    Have you tried tying your midge to a dropper off a larger dry fly? I often do this with small ant patterns. Disadvantage – in tricky currents the big dry looks drag-free but the unseen mini-fly is dragging.

    My standard midge pattern uses white Hi-Vis for the wing. It makes a #20 or 22 midge fairly easy to see, at least on reasonably flat water.

    #4571

    Dark Waters
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    I am near sighted and have to look over my glasses for pretty much any tippet involved knot – to leader or fly. But I can see fine that way. Tracking them on the water is a different story. Usually if I can’t see it I won’t fish it long because I’m not confident I have a good drag free drift going.

    Bigger problem lately has been finding rising feeding fish to present my flies to.

    #4574

    Creek
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    I find it easier to watch the leader than the fly when they get small. If it’s fast moving water it’s hopeless.

    #4576

    JoeFriday
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    I’m having the same problem as DW finding fish rising. This has been my least productive spring ever.

    I haven’t done the double fly rig in a few years. Mostly because I’m in too much of a hurry to get a fly on the water to spend the time to tie tippet onto a hook and then tie another fly onto that. It would probably go easier/faster now that I’ve started using reader glasses on the stream.

    How much tippet do you add onto the first fly going to the second?

    Brett

    #4578

    Lightline
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    I also help with the problem by using midges with high-vis. white wing posts, or black when the water/sky are shining light. White cdc is my preference. I also take more time, be more stealthy, and get closer to my target so I don’t have to see as far to find the fly. This is the biggest help. When midging, gone are the 15 foot leaders and longer casts. I cut back to a very short leader and a few feet of tippet, wade/position close, and then deliver it. If I can see it as it lands or very soon after, I’ve got it. If it lands and I have to find it, it usually doesn’t happen. Very good bi-focal prescription polarized glasses in colors to match the conditions help me immensely too. Gray for very bright days, and transitions that go from yellow to copper/brown for cloudy days and low-light.

    #4581

    Creek
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    The fly will always be at the end of the leader/tippet. Use leaders that you can see. I use colored furled leaders, and short tippets. I can’t always see the fly, but i know about where it is, and can see a strike. Seeing the drift is a bit difficult, and the reason I don’t fish midges a lot. I also put some Frogs Fanny on the fly, and don’t blow it off. That helps me see the fly too.

    Actually, I don’t use Frogs Fanny, but the same stuff I buy in bulk. Much much cheaper that way.

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