The larva stage of life of the midge
is eaten by trout to a huge extent in
many cases. In others, it is rarely eaten.
It depends of the species of midge and
type of water. We have found these three
colors; cream, light green and red, imitate
most all of the species of midges that are available for trout to
eat. This fly has a lot of detail to it. It uses a flashabou type
ribbing to imitate the segmentation and either marabou or ice
dubbing for the thorax.
Cream Midge Larva
Red Midge Larva
Lt. Green Midge Larva
Midges: Larvae
Midge Larvae (Imitations)
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Why only three (3) Colors?
We have taken samples of midge
larvae, pupae and adults from various
types of streams throughout the U. S.
Samples were taken from tailwaters,
spring creeks and freestone streams.
We found that over ninety percent of
all the thousands of samples were
one of three basic colors -
cream and green
. The red ones
were midges that produced
hemoglobin. These are often called
"bloodworms". The others were
almost always shades of either green
or cream. We have tested these three
colors along with hundreds of other
colors and combinations of colors in
over 200 streams ranging from the
San Juan River in New Mexico,
springs creeks from near the Pacific
Coast to Virginia, tailwaters and
freestone streams trout streams from
east to wes. They  fooled trout as well
or better than any other color used.
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Pre-rigged Tandem Midge Larva & Pupa -
Red Midge Pre-rigged Larva & Pupa Nylon Tippet
Light Green Midge Pre-rigged Larva & Pupa Fluorocarbon Tippet
Cream Midge Pre-rigged Larva & Pupa Nylon Tippet:
One each, Midge larva and pupa (of the same color) are
pre-rigged on spools, so you can easily remove them and tie
them on to your leader without any mess or fuss. The tag end of
the tippet is marked with a small piece of plastic tape. The
bottom fly is also taped to the inside of the spool so it doesn't
get fouled up. Size 20 midges are pre-rigged on your choice of
size 5X nylon or fluorocarbon tippet. Size 22 midges are
pre-rigged on your choice of size 6X nylon or fluorocarbon
tippet. The larva is always the bottom fly and the pupa fly is
placed approximately 16 inches above the larva fly. There is
approximately 2 1/2 feet of tippet above the top pupa fly to
attach to your leader.
Nylon Monofilamont tippet:     $5.95

Fluorocarbon Monofilamont tippet     $6.95
Nylon Monofilamont tippet     $5.95

Fluorocarbon Monofilamont tippet     $6.95
Nylon Monofilamont tippet:     $5.95

Fluorocarbon Monofilamont tippet     $6.95  
Do you have trouble seeing and tying on small
midge flies size 20 and 22, especially with the
larva and pupa in tandem? That is the preferred
rigging for midges. During a hatch, the Midge
larvae are on the bottom and the pupae in the
water column accenting to the surface. Tying the
tandem rig gives some anglers trouble, especially
in the field with poor lighting conditions. Why not
let Perfect Fly do it for you? See the details below.
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Pupa on spool
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Tape marks slot
and tag end
Tape marks larva,
bottom fly that comes
off spool last
Perfect Fly Foam Rigging Spools

Rig your own small flies and midges -
pupa, larva and adults, on our Perfect
Fly rigging foams.

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order these.
Midge rigs and holder
Three pre-rigged
midge larvae and pupae tippets
and holder. :

Nylon tippets: Reg $23.20 for

Fluoro tippets: Reg $26.20 for