Article contributed by Field Staff Writer M. Spencer.
Tied from a 16 down to a 22, 24, or even a 26, the Zebra Midge can be an extremely effective fly during the colder months of the year, especially when there are no caddis, mayfly, or stonefly hatches going on. Iâ€™ll usually have an assortment of sizes and colors, including red, olive, dun, and black. Click “Read More” to see step by step instructions.Â
Hook: Scud or emerger hook of your choice
Body: Tying thread of your choice. I prefer 8/0 Uni as it builds quick but is still thin enough for this small range of hooks.
Rib: UTC Ultrawire sized to match fly.
Bead: Optional. If Iâ€™m fishing it as a dropper behind a heavy nymph, Iâ€™ll likely fish it without a bead.
Step 1: Starting your thread behind the eye (or bead) tie in your ribbing wire and wrap your thread to the bend of the hook, securing the wire.
Step 2: Using your thread, build up a body, tapering from behind the eye or the bead down to the bend.
Step 3: Wrap the wire forward to the head, tie off, whip finish, and cement.