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B.H. Chironomid, Black and Red Idyl's Chrome Chironomid Tungsten B.H. Zebra Midge, Red Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Olive/Red
Criss Cross Chironomid, Black Tungsten B.H. Zebra Midge, Black Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Black/Red  
Walk along the shoreline of the Deschutes River and study the vegetation growing on the rocks in the splash zone.  There is a lot of it that is yellowish, greenish, stringy stuff that looks like some kind of algae.  Fact is, much of what you think is plant life is actually midge eggs; zillions of billions of them. Some species of midges lay strings of eggs on anything that is wet at the edge of the water.  This includes not only shoreline rocks but boats, oar blades and the waders of wading fishermen.  These eggs hatch into midge larvae.  Midge larvae are very simple worm-like creatures. You can imagine how many there might be in square foot of river bed. In fact, in a square yard of river bottom there can be thousands. That is a lot of food for trout and other fish. 
The following is quoted from:
Hatch Guide For Western Streams - "Midge larvae are found in all types of water, though those in stillwaters tend to be larger than those found in streams.  They live on, or burrow into, the substrate and feed on algae or decaying plant and animal mater, though a few species prey on smaller insects.  In streams the larvae are found in most water types, but bottoms where debris settles often have dense populations of midge larvae.  Because midges have several generations per year, larvae are present in streams all year and are constantly found drifting in the currents.  Even though they are small, the large numbers found in the "drift" offer trout a steady supply of food when other insects are not available.  In heavily fished streams, trout often feed selectively on midge larvae, even when other insects are hatching."
The flies below are effective midge larvae, and/or pupae patterns for moving water, and for still water.  Fish them dead drift along the bottom of any river, or suspend them under a strike indicator any time of year on nearly any lake. Fine tippets often increase strikes.
Midge larvae and pupae are often the most abundant and reliable food source for trout and bass during the colder months of the year, especially in natural lakes and farm ponds. Juvenile midges are the perfect early-spring and late fall food for game fishes. They are always available, and they don't consume much energy to hunt, and kill. Bead Head Midge Flies can be retrieved very slowly near the bottom or suspended below a strike indicator in still-waters. It doesn't get any easier than that. Suspend your Bead Head Chironomid(midge) under a Thingamabobber, and lean back in your float tube to enjoy the warm spring sun. Keep an eye on your Thingamabobber, and set the hook lightly when the fish pulls it under. Surprisingly large trout are caught this way.
Midges can swim, but often suspend where the water temperature is right for them, or where their food collects, which isn't always at the bottom. For that reason Bead Head Midge Flies may be retrieved very slowly with a slow sinking or floating line, or fished at extreme depth with a deep sinking line. These flies can also be fished behind a larger Woolly Bugger.
 

Bead Head Chironomid, Black and Red
Often referred to as a snow-cone because of the pearl white bead used to ad weight and to simulate the white gills of a midge pupa. This is one of the simplest of all flies to tie, but often not tied that well. Because of the simplicity, beginning tiers are broken-in on this fly. That is not the case here. These flies are tied to be authentic for color, and tied for durability as well. These flies cover the gambit of sizes that occur in the natural world, and are have to have in any fly box that goes trout, bass or pan-fishing.
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11806 Bead Head Chironomid, Black and Red 10 3 for $8.25
11807 Bead Head Chironomid, Black and Red 12 3 for $8.25
11808 Bead Head Chironomid, Black and Red 14 3 for $8.25
11809 Bead Head Chironomid, Black and Red 16 3 for $8.25

Criss Cross Chironomid, Black
Chironomids that inhabit rich alkaline lakes get very large. Patrolling trout actively hunt for them. These trout grow quickly and become heavy, hard bodied with smaller heads. They fight hard and jump high. often these giant Chironomid pupa flies are fished fairly shallow under a strike indicator. Often wading along the shore and casting with a floating line is easier and quieter than fishing from a boat.
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08-0610-10 Criss Cross Chironomid, Black 10 3 for $8.25

Idyl's Chrome Chironomid
At one time labeled as: "Premium Skunk Repellent", the Idyl's Chrome Chironomid is one of those fly patterns that wasn't designed to match any hatch. Yet, it was designed to match hatches of many hatches of Chironomids. As the real critters hatch they become very shiny. The Chrome Chironomid is kind of goofy looking, but not when stuck in a trout's jaw. They work.
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MDE0064 Idyl's Chrome Chironomid 12 3 for $8.25
MDE0109 Idyl's Chrome Chironomid 14 3 for $8.25
MDE0110 Idyl's Chrome Chironomid 16 3 for $8.25

Bead Head Zebra Midge, Black
On many rivers, and lakes, this is the deadliest fly ever invented. Bounce it along the bottom with split shot in rivers, or suspend it under a strike indicator, Work the water slowly. Trout often won't move far for tiny flies.
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08-0006-16 Tungsten Bead Head Zebra Midge, Black 16 3 for $8.25
08-0006-18 Tungsten Bead Head Zebra Midge, Black 18 3 for $8.25

Bead Head Zebra Midge, Red
Deadly blood midge pattern. Several types of midge larvae and pupae have hemoglobin much like our own blood cells and because of it these insects are red in color.
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08-0009-16 Tungsten Bead Head Zebra Midge, Red 16 3 for $8.25
08-0009-18 Tungsten Bead Head Zebra Midge, Red 18 3 for $8.25

Bead Head Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Black/Red
Zebra Midge flies were apparently first used around lee's Ferry along the Colorado River in Northern Arizona. Since then this type of fly has found popularity in nearly all slower water streams and lakes world wide.
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19236 Bead Head Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Black/Red 20 3 for $8.25

Bead Head Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Olive/Red
Some midge pupae and larvae are two-toned, Trout in spring creeks and tailwaters can develop acute sensitivity for details such as size and colors.
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19243 Bead Head Two-Tone Zebra Midge, Olive/Red 18 3 for $8.25

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