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: Midge fly swap

John Desjardins
02-07-2003, 10:08 AM
Yesterday Brad asked about the possibility of a swap of small flys. How about it, is anyone else interested? If people are I'll meister it.

02-07-2003, 12:12 PM
You da man. I will send some extras for your box.

02-07-2003, 01:42 PM
Sounds good John, but could you define small?

I can tie down to about #18, after that it gets ugly. How about a #16 or 18 grifiths gnat? I understand if you're limiting it to single bugs in the #22 and smaller range but I'm just not there yet.

02-07-2003, 01:44 PM
When's the DEADLINE ON THIS???

(Jim - anything larger than 20 is considered a streamer :whoa: ;) :D )

02-07-2003, 02:40 PM
I'm game for a midge swap (I hope I'm not too late this time):chuckle:

John Desjardins
02-07-2003, 03:15 PM
Groundrules for this swap:

Due date: March 7, 2003 If they are not in by then the swap will be closed without them.

Size: #18 or smaller, like Jim I have problems with small flys,which was my reason for hesitation on starting this swap.

The fly will be photographed and posted here so don't send in a fly that you want kept secret.

# of flys: Lets leave this one open till Monday. If the number of participantsis 6-8 I'd say tie one for every participant, >8 tie six and I'll mix and match sending six back to each participant.

I'll send my address out via PM with a copy of instructions next week.

02-07-2003, 03:35 PM
i'm in but i gotta get some supplies to do this i always seem to be running out of hooks i gotta bug my mom for money now

02-08-2003, 01:42 PM
Count me in!

02-10-2003, 03:39 PM
ok i got the suplies and now i need to tie the flies what happens if more than one person ties the same fly?

John Desjardins
02-10-2003, 06:05 PM
Sean, if two people tie the same pattern its doubtful that they will end up looking like the same fly. Last year I ran a trout fly swap that had a number of pheasant tail nymphs in it. None of those were the same but they all will catch fish under different conditions.

John Desjardins
02-11-2003, 11:32 AM
Just to update everyone, the participants in this swap are:

John Desjardins

Due date: March 7, 2003 If they are not in by then the swap will be closed without them.

Size: #18 or smaller
# of flys: 6
My address will be pm'd to everyone today.

02-11-2003, 03:44 PM
ok i've got three patterns done what next should i tie more patterns? nope sorry i've got to keep some for myself well maybe i will i've to find some more midge patterns

02-13-2003, 04:07 PM
John, and whoever, even though I am not offically in the fly swap, I thought that today I would try and tie something. I tied on size 24 to size 28, they didn't come out too bad, if John sends me his address I will send them to him. Dropped 18 of them on a brown rug took me 2 hours too find them all, they are pretty small.:( Sending a picture of them so you will get the idea. Tried with an old digital camera, couldn't really get them in focus.:D

02-13-2003, 04:09 PM
that must have been fun finding those flies the smallest i tied was 20 because i didn't have any smaller hooks

John Desjardins
02-14-2003, 08:35 AM
Welcome to the swap Art. If the address didn't get through yesterday send me a private message and I'll send it again. I know that fly in the rug problem very well.

02-15-2003, 10:14 AM
I tied up my half dozen Barbed Wire in size 24. They will be in the mail Monday. Does anyone use Yong flies? They would have made the SBD swap and the midge swap. They are without a doubt the most effective midge pattern on heavily fished water. They were developed by Yong "Andy" Kim for tailwaters like the South Platte and San Juan. I fished next to Andy on the San Juan and his clients out fished us 10 to 1 using those flies. After that I tied some up and learned first hand how big fish chow all day on size 28 flies. I will throw some in just for kicks.

02-15-2003, 07:15 PM
i am entering three paterns the crystal midge brassie and midge pupa