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Yellowstone River Winter Midge Fly Pattern Videos

Yellowstone River Winter Midge Fly Pattern Videos

As first in a series of “greatest hits” fly tying videos to tide visitors over before I start posting tying videos again early in 2019, here’s a “season-appropriate” pair of tying videos I posted a few years back. Try one or all if you’re looking for a good winter midge pattern for the Yellowstone River and beyond.

WD-40 Midges and Red Haze Serendipity Midges

This pair of midge pupae are good choices anytime you can bear to fish the Yellowstone this winter. The WD-40 is usually the better bet on the big river, since it pulls double duty as a BWO nymph as well as a winter midge fly pattern, while the Serendipity variant is a good choice on spring creeks and tailwaters nationwide but only a changeup on the Yellowstone. Fish these low and slow, ticking bottom from time to time, in the slow walking-speed runs that are at least waist deep.

Yellowstone River JRB Midge

This little dry is a variation on a pattern the shop stocked from 1960 to 1980. The only change of note is a wing swap, from hair to synthetic. Other patterns available starting in the 1960s are variations on this one, such as the Herter’s Bastard Midge. This fly is an excellent single midge pattern in #18-22 when you start seeing the fish rise to emerging midges. In fact, it was designed specifically as a winter midge pattern for the Yellowstone. Trail it behind something like a Purple Hazy Cripple in #18-20, a Coachman Trude or Coachman Clacka Caddis in #16, or a #16-18 Griffith’s Gnat or Buzzball, basically a fly that the trout might also take when they’re eating midges but which is easy to see.

Our Flies… Tied by Others (Vids)

Our Flies… Tied by Others (Vids)

We’re going to get back in the fly tying video game starting in January. It’s been several years since we put out a vid, but the continuing interest in those we posted a few years ago (and continued customers in the door because of them!) have prompted us to get started doing them again. They will appear under the channel name Walter Wiese Fly Fishing. Check out the 30-odd videos already posted there.

In the meantime, there’s a few other website nuisances we need to take care of first. To tide visitors over, here are a couple videos others have done on our flies in the past few years.

GFA Hopper (Variation) by tightlinevideo

There are several versions of the GFA on Youtube, including one I did, but of the recent variants, this one is the best. Frankly, it’s kind of flattering that Tim posted a video of my fly, since he’s one of the top dogs on Youtube for tying vids these days. The fact that he did is one of the big reasons I’ll be doing vids again soon. The main difference between this fly and my original version is the addition of an underbody beneath the foam.

Clacka Caddis by East Rosebud Fly & Tackle

There are several versions of my Clacka Caddis online as well. This one is a variation on a variation. This one is a take-off of Craig Mathews’ copy designed for the Mother’s Day caddis hatch, which he calls a hackled Iris Caddis. While this pattern is often referred to as a variation on an Iris Caddis, in reality I came up with it by combining elements of the Iris Caddis with the classic Coachman Trude attractor dry.