New Podcast: Tom Rosenbauer on Fly Fishing With Midges

January 28, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Intimidated by the idea of fishing tiny flies but still want to fish year-round in waters where the only bugs to come off between November and February are size 22s? Tom Rosenbauer offers some excellent advice for beginning midge fishers in his latest podcast.
Excerpt: “There’s really no excuse to be scared of fishing these tiny flies. Everybody says ‘I can’t see those flies when they’re on the water.’ Well, I’ve got a surprise for you: most people who fish tiny midges can’t see them on the water. What you need to do is just compensate for that. When you fishing a tiny fly, fifty feet away, that’s a size 22, there aren’t many people who can see that fly. So what do they do? They work on their casting accuracy. They throw the fly out there and hope it’s not dragging, and they watch, and if a fish rises anywhere near where the fly is they gently set the hook.”