Dry Midges

Chironomid Pupa, Emerger, Black Rib

Chironomid Pupa, Emerger, Black Rib

The Black Chironomid Pupa Emerger Fly is an extremely effective stillwater pattern. Fish will often target chironomid pupae as they swim toward the surface to hatch. Chironomids have gas trapped along there abdomen as they begin the emerging process. This pattern perfectly imitates the midges in this stage. Lake fishermen have found this to be one of the most productive patterns for suspending below an indicator or dry fly and it will work in deep water as well. Almost every freshwater fish will feed on chironomids and at times it seems it is the only thing they will eat.

Chironomid Pupa

Chironomid Pupa

The Chironomid Pupa Fly pattern is fast becoming a favorite for lake fishermen in search of big cruising trout. It has also been shown to work on other lake dwelling fish species under the right circumstances. This fly may be fished as a deep nymph below a float or as a dropper closer to the surface.

Adult Midge, Black

Adult Midge, Black

Just because they're small doesn't mean they can't imitate the real thing - perfect Fly Adult Midge imitations use CDC and hackle to imitate the wings and legs of the insect. Trout have every opportunity to get a close look at them. This Black Adult Midge was designed to imitate those very picky trout that feed on flat, smooth water. Float it low in the surface skim, not high, to better imitates those newly hatched adults that emerge in slick water.

Griffith's Gnat

Griffith's Gnat

The Griffiths Gnat is fly fishing's classic midge cluster pattern and has caught fish all over the world. Its simple design is buoyant and irresistable to feeding fish. This fly excels when midges are hatching and mating on all types of water. Even picky tailwater and spring creek trout will inhale this fly when nothing else seems to work.

Parachute, Black Gnat

Parachute, Black Gnat

Ever see a cloud of insect above the water on your favorite river? These are black gnats. Inevitably some of these will fall into the water and trout will gorge themselves on them. This small Parachute Black Gnat for trout is a great imitator for any dark insect.

Chironomid

Chironomid

Chironomid midge flies hatch primarily in lakes and ponds. Though a bit unconventional looking, this Chironomid fly, designed for fly fishing large ponds and lakes, represents a newly hatched midge struggling to escape its shuck. The chironomid dry fly is a great fly pattern when fish are seen rising or cruising near the surface of the lake.

Blue Winged Olive, Spinner, Xelon

Blue Winged Olive, Spinner, Xelon

Fly fishers casting to such selective trout find that the transluscent Xelon or Z-lon wings on these Blue Winged Olive Spinners gives them the realistic impression that makes the difference. Spinners are especially effective patterns after the hatch when fish seem to rise consistently but refuse traditional hackled mayfly patterns.

Blue Winged Olive, CDC

Blue Winged Olive, CDC

Fly fishers who frequently encounter highly selective trout will enjoy CDC Blue Winged Olive. The floatation qualities of CDC make it possible to fish this sparse and realistic dry fly without having to worry about dressing it on every cast.

Chironomid Pupa, Emerger, Bead Head, Red Rib

Chironomid Pupa, Emerger, Bead Head, Red Rib

The Red Bead Head Chironomid Pupa Emerger Fly is an extremely effective stillwater pattern. Fish will often target chironomid pupae as they swim toward the surface to hatch. Chironomids have gas trapped along there abdomen as they begin the emerging process. This pattern perfectly imitates the midges in this stage. Lake fishermen have found this to be one of the most productive patterns for suspending below an indicator or dry fly and it will work in deep water as well. Almost every freshwater fish will feed on chironomids and at times it seems it is the only thing they will eat.

Black Gnat

Black Gnat

The Black Gnat Fly probably had a home in your father's and possibly grandfather's fly box. This classic and very effective pattern continues to be a productive fly on both moving and still water. The Black Gnat is mostly fished as an attractor but will work as a midge or dark colored mayfly.