The CDC Blood Midge

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

Midge patterns can be remarkably effective for trout.

Depending on how you count them there could be over a thousand species of midge. That’s a lot of choices for the discerning trout. There are almost as many choices for the angler and a midge obsession can easily get out of hand.

I find that more times than not a Blood Midge will do the trick. I spent a morning on the Colorado River one April and caught twenty-four brown trout on a blood midge without moving my feet. Trout are naturally attracted to these red patterns even when they are not an exact match for the naturals. I’ve tied many different Blood Midge patterns but my current favorite is the CDC Blood Midge. The power of CDC can not be overestimated. This is a great pattern and very easy to tie.

Watch the video and learn hoe to tie The CDC Blood Midge.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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7 thoughts on “The CDC Blood Midge

  1. I’ve never seen this pattern, but I’ve learned over many years that adding a little red to my fly patterns always makes them work better. Even to my dry flies.

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