MONSTER MIDGE. Summer’s pump is getting primed as the first crops of insects emerge. Among those winged ones are midges, ranging anywhere from a millimeter or two to almost three-quarters of an inch long, the buzz of the first major midge hatch (going on along a water body near you) is tough to miss on a calm evening. Between birds, fish, amphibians and other insects that eat these bugs, midges start the warm-season food chain off with a burst!
Featured Photo: A large midge from a swarm lands on the driver’s side window of the DEO Mobile Command Unit at a Burleigh County boat launch. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 5/23 – Chance for rain PM. – Hi 84, Lo 62, Wind SE@15, G25.
Tomorrow: Thu 5/24 – Summerlike! – Hi 87, Lo 60, Wind SW@13, G 20.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:00AM Sunset: 9:21PM
Moonrise: 2:57PM Moonset 3:32AM
Overhead: 9:34PM Underfoot: 9:10AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (67% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00 – 10:00PM. Stay on ‘em at sunset with moon overhead for best success in the Edge Hour.
MIDGE MASTERY. Due to their small size, midges and their aquatic larvae are an easy snack for trout and panfish and are a popular offering to have on hand in a section of a fly box. Having a few popular patterns, like the zebra midge and the Griffith’s gnat will help match the hatch. Fly Anglers On Line has a great series on tying midge patterns (search “midge”) for more than a decade’s worth of info.
EASY PEASY. Speaking of flies, Fly Fisherman Magazine has a great beginner’s guide out this year that will help not only those folks looking to break into the sport of longrodding their favorite fish, but also those who like to help others learn more about fly angling. Check out the 2018 Beginner’s Guide on newsstands now – it’s chock full of the basics that will help anyone climb the learning curve, and provide even the most experienced angler with an easy, colorful and detailed refresher.
EARLY RISER. Along with insects, the sun is also rising earlier and earlier. After today, we’ll have sunrise before 6:00 a.m. for the next seven weeks, allowing you to get out for those pre-work fishing trips, runs, and walks with your hunting buddy with plenty of light!