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HiVis CDC Midge
A high visible small dry
The fish are rising all around you to midges. You open your flybox and search for your tiniest midge pattern. You finally manage to tie one onto the 7x tippet and cast it out. With so many rises, it’s very difficult to see when the fish has taken your fly, especially if like me your eye sight is not that great to begin with.
This is the problem I have faced for the last couple of years on the Cape streams, especially with Net-winged midge hatches on the Elandspad. While small midge imitations like the Griffiths Gnat are very effective, when tied on size 18 and smaller they are not the easiest flies to see.
A year or so ago, I started tying a midge pattern using a dubbing loop and a couple of CDC feathers. The pattern was very effective but when tied in black (which I have found to be the best colour) it was very difficult to see.
One evening after tying up a couple of Parachute Adams, it suddenly hit me that if I added a parachute post to the pattern it would make it far more visible. I tied up a couple using a bright orange post and tried them out on my next outing. They could now be seen at a distance and took fish just as well as the non-parachute version. When tied in sizes 14 – 16, the pattern works well as a crippled mayfly imitation. You can also try skating the pattern to imitate emerging caddis.