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The Manhattan Midge is a Real Winner!

The Manhattan Midge has been one of my top producers as of late. It has consistently fooled selective trout on the Yampa, Blue, Gunnison, South Platte (Charlie Meyers SWA, Cheesman, and Deckers) and Arkansas Rivers. Tie some up…you’ll be glad you did!


This Yampa River rainbow was fooled with a size 22 Manhattan Midge. The Manhattan Midge is a must-have for any tailwater enthusiast.

Manhattan Midge Recipe:

Originator: Forrest Dorsey
​Hook: Size 18-22 Tiemco 2488
Bead: Silver-Lined glass, extra small
Thread: Black or red 8/0 Uni-thread
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, extra small
Wing: Glamour Madera
Thorax: Peacock herl

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  1. Ken Mann (OK City, OK) on September 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Why is it called the Manhattan midge?

    • Pat Dorsey on November 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      It was invented in a small New York apartment, thus, named the Manhattan Midge

  2. Tom on May 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I see the Colorado river was not listed. Any feed back on its effectiveness there? Thanks.

    • Pat Dorsey on May 9, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Yes my friend, it is effective anywhere midges reside. I tend to fish it more on tailwater, but it is deadly on freestones like the Gunnison, Yampa, and Colorado…

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