Top 5 Winter Midge Nymphs
Winter means fly fishing with midge patterns. Here are my personal favorite midge nymphs to use on our Bozeman area waters.
1. Red D-Midge
This lightweight midge patterns rocks the perfect profile and seems to be easy for trout to see. I use it on every river from the MO to the upper Gallatin. Works great for picky fish just below the surface when fished behind a dry fly.
2. Black Tube Midge
The tube midge has a tungsten bead making it a great second fly for deep nymphing or in fast moving water (upper Madison). The Black bead means less flashy, and this fly excels when fish are not eating a standard Zebra Midge or when fished behind a flashy first fly.
3. Manhattan Midge
The Manhattan Midge comes in both a red and a black. It is a slightly more buggy looking Zebra Midge. Any Southwest Montana waterbody that you want to fish, you will find that the Manhattan Midge is a winner.
4. Black Jig Zebra Midge
The standard, reliable, black zebra now with a heavy tungsten bead and tactical jig hook. Why fish anything else? I have yet to determine if the thinner profile makes a difference. Stay tuned. I may revisit this.
5. Jujubee Midge
The flashy wing case of the Jujubee Midge makes this fly easy to spot by fish in overcast and sunny conditions. Being unweighted, it works really well behind a heavy first fly, split shot, or under a dry fly. This pattern seems to be overlooked by many winter anglers.