Winter Midge Fishing
The midge fishing is starting to pick up here in Southwest Montana, and is always a nice change of pace after staring at a bobber for the last few months. If you can get out on some of the warmer days in the coming months, and are fortunate to get some cloud cover and minimal wind you should be able to find a few rising fish. Here are some of my favorite patterns for fishing the winter hatch.
A simple fly that looks like a cluster of midges on the water, and easier to see than a single midge pattern.
Pretty much a variation of a Griffiths Gnat with some orange mixed in, but for some reason seems to out fish the regular one on most days.
A great single midge pattern that imitates and midge emerging from its shuck.
A great fly to drop behind a Griffiths Gnat that will sink in the surface film and get the sippers.
Similar to the Jujubee but with glass beads in the thorax that catch some light and get the trout’s attention