midges and caddis

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2007/04/13 17:14:15 (permalink)

midges and caddis

I wanted to have a dozen or so midges for tomorrow with the kids.  Well, these are my first attempts.  How'd I do? 

One note on the copper wire.  I know it's small duud, but that's all the store had when I was buying supplies.  These are practice, but I'm sure they'll catch dumb stockies.










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    tippy-toe
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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/13 18:46:26 (permalink)
    NICE!! TT.... personally don't like the color of pic one, and you need to take more care with wrapping the wire.
     
    Like the looks of pic two!! I would have several of those in my box...

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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/13 20:44:11 (permalink)
    i'll take a dozen each of #3 and #5

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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/13 22:13:44 (permalink)
    What size hooks are they on?

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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/14 19:30:14 (permalink)
    nice job tt nothing like catching fish on something you made.
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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/15 13:44:15 (permalink)
    #12   Mustad 3366

    I just need to bite the bullet and buy "proper" hooks for more $$$ @ fewer quantities.  I'm having a hell of a time getting any beeds to go on the 3399's, so I went for a hook with a bigger bend.  Unfortunately, all they had in quantity were those, and the smallest they had were the #12's.   Fly #3 caught tons of smolts, but the "big" stockies didn't bite on much else yesterday. 

    I'll be using better hooks next time, or at least by next fall.   I just wanted to make some trout flies for the stockies.  Time's about up for me to be using these up here, so I'll file these patterns now that I understand what goes into them.  Except for one project.  Next up is the big stuff.  I want to tackle pike/musky patterns.  I'll be spinning hair and doing poppers for bass real soon, as well.  We've been acquiring wine-bottle corks.
                                                        
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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/15 13:47:15 (permalink)
    Thanks to you guys for the encouraging words.  I didn't do well yesterday, and got a pretty sore back for all my troubles.  I guess I'll just have to rest it by watching a race, or maybe some playoff hockey.  Maybe even tie a few flies.  Gotta love weekends.
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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/15 18:50:03 (permalink)
    Tim,

    Good first crack at it.

    Let me make a few suggestions, not too offend you but to help you.

    #1 - Midges are small, a size 12 is a little large, most of my midges are on 20s or smaller.

    #2 - Most midges in pa are black, olive or tan/cream

    #3 - If you look at a midge in the water, the gills are very pronounced, try putting some in, doesnt matter if you dont, I dont always do it.

    #4 - Go lighter on the body. My body is usually nothing more then thread or very little dubbing.

    Good luck, hope they work for you, im sure stockies will eat them. If you need any more help, you know how to get in touch.
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    RE: midges and caddis 2007/04/15 20:21:22 (permalink)
    I have to agree with JLH, Midge pupa are really small. Also less dubbing is always better than more. I would stick with the standard colors: gray, tan, green and light brown. Tie them in sized 14-18 and you'll be fine. Also try use some ice dub (peacock) near the head. Good first effort. I can assure you they are nicer than any flies Tippe-toe has in his box (other than the ones I tied for him).
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