Midge species, and there are many of them, are pretty common on most of the rivers and streams in South Africa. I have tried many patterns designed to imitate one or other of the midges. In truth none of them look anything like the naturals and I’m not talking perfect imtations, but something that is a little closer to reality than for exmple the Giffiths Gnatt, and don’t get me wrong I take nothing away from that good little pattern. But, I wanted something that would present a more familiar profile and be able to be representative of most of the midges – in fact, also buggy and generic enough to represent a host of small winged insects. So, I set about making some changes to my Crane Fly imitation (https://callofthestream.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-cranefly/). In tinkering with the pattern I changed the abdomen to black turkey boit, a thorax of black dubbing, dun coloured wings and retained the squirrel hair for the legs and feelers, but shortened the length to those I use in the Crane Fly and altered their position. I’m hoping that this little #16s fly will occasionally make a difference on those days when the trout are seemingly suffering from lock-jaw.
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