A New Pattern for a New Season

I recently ordered a handful of flies from Gareth Lewis for the upcoming fishing season. I’d seen a few photos of his work on a fly fishing forum and I was impressed. So I ordered a couple of the usual patterns he offers for sale - CDC & Elk, Olive Paraduns and micro Copper Johns and also asked him if would do a custom job. The fly I had in mind was a very simple yet “buggy” looking midge pattern featured on Tom Sutcliffe’s website, the high-vis CDC Midge. The fly is designed for South African conditions but I noticed Tom mentions the pattern was used with some success on his last trip to the southern chalkstreams, so much so that the locals raided his fly box and took every last one. I suspect it’s a pattern that will work well in most parts of the world. Gareth, who admits to being a bit of a midge fanatic, happily agreed to oblige.

I must say I am impressed with the result, as I was with Gareth’s professionalism. The midges, tied in sizes 18 and 20, look the part and I’m certain that the trout of the little streams of Wales will agree. 


  1. I was reading (half reading so far, to be honest) an article about fish having a high sensitivity to the colour red which triggers an aggressive response.

    If that's so expect some serious rod bending action with those Justin.

    Tight lines in 2012!

  2. Justin
    Nice looking patterns, kind of resembles the dry Adams, which is one of my favorites. I am going to check this guy out, as if I needed more flies. Thanks for sharing


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