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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Midge Madness

    WINTER CREATIONS
    Neighbors Fun
    very dinky fluff
    SOME SAY SNOW FLIES
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    REAL SNOW FLY
    .. Truth be told "Snow Flies" are different than "Midges."
    .. Midges are aquatic flies that emerge like other aquatic flies from a sub aqueous larvae and have wings.
    .. Snow Flies are wingless and produce glycol attached to their hemoglobin and just revel in walking on snow banks and, (speculation -> eating rodent poop,) and, mating indiscriminately in the afternoon sun.
    .. Both midges and snow flies come in various colors from  brownish to blackish.
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    .. The neighbors have produced their latest crop of better than ever midge, (snow fly,) imitations. Like all the previous generations of winter marvels these are more spectacular than any other flies on the planet.
    .. We are loath to challenge the veracity of the neighbors and refer you to the images below. Each is better than the others. Each will wear out your arms landing the hundreds of fish that you catch each day. Sizes are 16, 18, 20.
    .. None is probably ever going to grace the pages of an Orvis catalog nor will they be produced in Indonesia by the tens of thousands to be sold for $4.00.
    BLU BOTTOM MIDGE
    .. The 'BLU BOTTOM' is the absolute best midge fly for Between The Lakes.
    .. It is a simple recipe with all the magic ingredients: peacock herl tail, golden antron dubbing, silver Mylar ribbing, clipped hen hackle and a dyed blue small white goose-flat feather. This fly will wake up even the post coital bucks that slowly drift downstream.
    MYSTERY MEET MIDGE
    .. The 'MYSTERY MEET' is the absolute best midge fly for Between The Lakes.
    .. This recipe contains no secret ingredients or techniques. It is peacock herl with  a floss rib. The wing is stacked and clipped hen hackle that is interwoven with longer mallard fluff.
    .. It is named for the surprised piscine mental processes that take place shortly after sucking it up.
    LITTLE SOFTIE MIDGE
    .. The 'LITTLE SOFTIE' is the absolute best midge fly for Between The Lakes.
    .. This is just a very small rendition of the ubiquitous soft hackle fly.
    .. The peacock herl body is fat enough to keep the long hackle from matting down or forming a torpedo shape in the water.
    GOLDEN HAYSTACK MIDGE
     .. The 'GOLDEN HAYSTACK' (not to be confused with last year's golden shower,) is the absolute best midge fly for Between The Lakes.
    ..  A dyed barred wood duck tail and wing case is accented by copper colored antron with dark brown flat wool rib. The furnace hen hackle is triple wrapped and then clipped on the top.
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    .. The snow in town is finally deep enough to bury the small Toyotas and Volkswagens. The next stage is buried Subarus and pickup truck beds. Our final snow phase is the one where snow has crept to the half way mark on the lifted pickup truck windows. Haven't seen that in about 25 years.
    .. Warm days in the mid to high 20's are blessing our village and the winter birders. Bright sun is infrequently streaming between the thin overcast and occasional broken low clouds. Mornings are still on the foggy side.
    .. Night time temperatures should grace -12°F to -15°F through the rest of the week.
    .. We're due for a nap. Hope the kids bring us a few snelled midge flies [[;-)
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