Midges are called by many different things. "bite-em no see-em" the french Canadians call them the "BURN FLY" In Canada we have a biting insect so small you can not see it on your skin without great difficulty. They are opaque. almost see through. Their bite sets your skin on FIRE (hence the BURN FLY) They are ruthless and bite like an alligator or rattle snake! Well if they were the same size as an alligator or rattle snake they could wipe out a small town in one evening! They are so small they can pass through a normal window screen. My camp windows have special tighter woven screens to keep midges out.
Midges are many different flies of many different species But where I live in Canada we are referring to those little bastards mentioned above!
I was professionally Guiding out of a Salmon Lodge on the Miramachi River in 1996. The pool we drew one particular morning I knew would be FULL of Bite-em no See-em's I warned my Sports of the impending assault we were about to receive. I insisted everyone put on DEET to help combat the inevitable "no my sports said we don't believe in using DEET. Point taken I sad BUT I really strongly suggest for this one occasion it's advisable to apply a liberal application of the nectar of the Gods DEET!.
Well 15 minutes standing on the banks of the river I see out of the corner of my eye my sports starting to experience the full onslaught of a wonderful hatch of the BURN FLIES. Obviously I didn't let on I noticed lololololololol. Oh about another 5 minutes went by and the sports spoke up "Gee you weren't kidding these things are eating us alive, How can you stand it?" I could have told them I didn't have my DEET but I think they learned a hard lesson.
When you Hire a guide listen to him! I chuckle every time I think of that morning.
Midges I HATE them.