This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the In-The-Film CDC Midge Emerger.
I found this fly recently while reviewing Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies book.
I tied up four size 22 In-The-Film CDC Midge Emergers and placed them on a dime to show how small they are.
I met Ed through a friend while fishing the Metolius back in 2016. My wife and I were attempting to show him where the fish were rising and telling him stories about the “big a$$” rainbows we are fortunate to land on occasion. He graciously sent me a signed copy of his book as a “thank you”.
I already had a copy of his book, but decided I better reread it to find out what the master had to say. Since seasons have changed and small flies will be the norm for a while, I decided today was a good day to try again.
I should also say, someone recently contacted me to purchase some flies to imitate what the fish were taking subsurface. I had to come clean…”I don’t have a clue”.
I had tied several of the Midge Fly Patterns found in the link. I wrote about some of them in a post entitled appropriately Tying Small Flies. Sorry to say, the fish weren’t interested when I fished them.
I liked the look of the In-The-Film CDC Midge Emerger. It’s similar to my RiverKeeper Callibaetis Emerger I tie and fish in lakes. The CDC wing is a good imitation for the wing emerging from a nymph or pupa.
I’m still looking for an effective midge fly pattern for my home waters.
Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!