Manhattan Midge

$2.25

The Manhattan Midge was one of the first patterns I developed to fool selective Rocky Mountain trout.  As you might imagine, the Manhattan Midge was developed in Manhattan, in a small New York City apartment where my dear friend Jay Park was living at the time.  The Manhattan Midge is a souped-up hybrid of the Top Secret Midge, Mercury Black Beauty, and Mercury Blood Midge that incorporates the best attributes of each pattern. It has a slim profile, segmented body, a flashy wing, peacock collar that breathes life, and a clear silver-lined bead to imitate trapped air in the thorax.  The Manhattan Midge has become a guide favorite on the South Platte River (Cheesman, Deckers, Eleven Mile Canyon, and the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area) and its effectiveness has spread to eastern tailwaters.

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The Manhattan Midge was one of the first patterns I developed to fool selective Rocky Mountain trout.  As you might imagine, the Manhattan Midge was developed in Manhattan, in a small New York City apartment where my dear friend Jay Park was living at the time.  The Manhattan Midge is a souped-up hybrid of the Top Secret Midge, Mercury Black Beauty, and Mercury Blood Midge that incorporates the best attributes of each pattern. It has a slim profile, segmented body, a flashy wing, peacock collar that breathes life, and a clear silver-lined bead to imitate trapped air in the thorax.  The Manhattan Midge has become a guide favorite on the South Platte River (Cheesman, Deckers, Eleven Mile Canyon, and the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area) and its effectiveness has spread to eastern tailwaters.

Fishing Strategies:

Midge feeders eat this fly with confidence!  We have found success with the Manhattan Midge year round, but it is especially effective from late August through the first part of April.  We recommend fishing mid column during the height of a mid emergence. Vary the size based on the prevailing hatches.  For instance, use a size 18 when the big spring midge is hatching and use a size 20-22 when smaller midges are emerging.  Strange as it might sound, a Black Manhattan Midge doubles as a drowned Trico in many watersheds.

“I have been a fly-fishing guide on the Gunnison River for over 25 years. The Manhattan Midge is one of our top producing patterns when midges are emerging. It is the perfect attractor… I run it as my lead fly and a Flashback Mercury Black Beauty as a trailer. I am sure some mornings that combo hooks every feeding fish in the run.  This fly is often the fly of the day.”

– Jason Booth, co-owner Gunnison River Guides

Recipe:

Hook: #18-22 Tiemco 2487
Bead: Clear, Silver-lined glass bead (extra small)
Thread: Black UTC 70 Denier
Abdomen: Black UTC 70 Denier
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire, Copper (Small for #18-20) & (Extra Small for #22)
Wing: Glamour Madeira
Thorax: Peacock herl

 

Additional information

Color

Black, Olive, Purple

Size

18, 20, 22

Variation

Flash Back, Standard

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