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Old 08-22-2012, 11:08 PM
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Default Changing Rigs to Fish Midges (Dry)

I've been fly fishing for several years but this year I've run into a new situation twice this year, whether it's because I'm fishing a specific river for the first time or because I finally got the courage (or insanity) to try midges.

So I'm fishing a pocket water section with a nymph rig with 5x tippet (or streamer fishing with a 4x tippet) and I come across a very slow moving pool and notice rises dimpling the surface and determine that they are feeding on midges (size 20-24). What's the most efficient way to change rigs?

Add a section of 6x and 7x tippet to my existing leader?

Carry a spare spool for my reel with floating line and a 7x tippet?

Remove the leader on my line and replace it with a 7x leader?

What do you typically do in this situation? Your input is appreciated.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:09 PM
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I'm not sure this answers your question because I'm not sure a "nymph" rig is the same as a dry fly leader of the same diameter, but; when I come across midgeing fish and I'm not set up for them, I just drop a couple of feet of 7x off my dry fly. Works well for me but YMMV.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:14 PM
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If you are already fishing with a floating line and tie your own leaders, try this:
from 4X to 7X, cut the 4X tippet back to 6 inches plus enough to tie a knot, add a 6 inch section of 5X, a 5 inch section of 6X, and a 30 inch 7X tippet.

If you use commercially made leaders with a loop-to-loop connection to the fly line just take off the old one and put on a the new 7X one.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:05 PM
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Try stripping the nymph in front of the rising fish, if that doesn't work, add tippet and tie on the new fly pattern.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:47 PM
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All good advice. I often run into this situation where I begin fishing terrestrials on 5X, and then switch to midges. I simply shorten up my 5X tippet, and add about 18" of 7X.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:38 PM
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Mr. Ryan is right on the money.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:17 PM
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Thanks for the useful tips.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:47 PM
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.....carry a second rigging with ya...
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