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Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:29

Mules and Midges

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The winter months pose many short days and many long hours sitting at the fly tying bench. And what better way to accompany such productive endeavors than paired with a refreshing moscow mule. The stillness encompasses the surroundings of the Bighorn River Lodge this time of year, as cooler temperatures limit one's ability to venture outside compared to the warmer months. As more time is spent indoors, that time is well spent tying flies that will be used in the months to come. 

If you have ever fished the Bighorn River, you know that some of the staple bugs within the trout's diet include midges-pupas, larvas and adults. All three stages provide an abundance of biomass for these trout to consume, which when imitated and tied to the end of your line, makes for a bent rod and a happy angler. 

A couple of the Bighorn River Lodge guides sat down one evening and partook in the tying of these little macroinvertebrates. The copper color of the mule mugs accompanied the gold and silver colors of the fly tying vises and scissors positioned around the table. While sharing patterns and enjoying tasty mules, the guides spent a productive evening working and enjoying each other's company.  

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