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Pale Olive Larva

$2.25

The Pale Olive Larva is a simple as they get but it continues to fool countless tailwater trout. Midge larvae are an important food source for trout year-round because they get knocked loose from the substrate and drift continuously in the water column.  This is a phenomenon referred to as constant drift. One of our favorite times to fish this pattern is during a flow increase (downstream demand or generate power).  When the water levels rise, midge larva get swept from the substrate creating a feeding frenzy. The Pale Olive Larva should be fished near the bottom of the substrate where the greatest concentrations of larva are found.

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The Pale Olive Larva is a simple as they get but it continues to fool countless tailwater trout. Midge larvae are an important food source for trout year-round because they get knocked loose from the substrate and drift continuously in the water column.  This is a phenomenon referred to as constant drift. One of our favorite times to fish this pattern is during a flow increase (downstream demand or generate power).  When the water levels rise, midge larva get swept from the substrate creating a feeding frenzy. The Pale Olive Larva should be fished near the bottom of the substrate where the greatest concentrations of larva are found.

Fishing Strategies:

We fish the Pale Olive Larva in a tandem nymphing rig as a lead fly, trailing one or two other midge imitations off it. Droppers of choice include Black Beauties, Top Secret Midges or Manhattan Midges. Opportunistic trout eat midge larva opportunistically because they are constantly getting knocked loose from the substrate. In most cases, opportunistic trout do not waste any time grabbing a midge larva that is helpless in the current.

“The Pale Olive Midge Larva is a simple pattern that catches fish anywhere you get it wet, every month of the year. A definite must in every fly box. Don’t let the simplicity of this pattern fool you—it is one of my top flies.” Joe Morrissette

Recipe:

  • Hook: #18-20 Tiemco 2487
  • Thread: Pale Olive, UTC 70 Denier
  • Abdomen: Clear Micro tubing (small)

Additional information

Color

Pale Olive

Size

18, 20

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