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Zebra Attempt

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Heres my zebra variations. I think they would be 10/10 if i had been using black 8/0 instead of grey 4/0, makes the head look like a mess but all well.

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Posted on: 2008/1/13 18:04
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I think the bodies are way too thick. I like em to have a body with virtually no thread build up at all. Midges are tiny creatures.

Your technique, overall, looks good.

I tie in the wire at the rear of the hook, wind maybe 2 passes at most up behind the bead. Then I rib the fly, and tie down behind the bead. At that point, I build thread up to match the size of the bead and finish. That keeps the bodies nice and thin.

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Posted on: 2008/1/13 19:02
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Pratice makes perfect.

Not bad at all, they will catch fish or a rock,log or tree!

JH

Posted on: 2008/1/13 19:03
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I think you nailed it with the size of the thread thing.

Posted on: 2008/1/13 19:04
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Mute- The advice you have been given is excellent. I will try and upload a photo of some size 18's and 20's (i think). The beauty of small flies is very light dressing. Even though I need a magnifier to do it, they are very simple to tie. These were tied with 8/0 uni.

How about colors everyone? I use mostly black with gold head and gold or silver rib. The black/gold/gold is my best.

Ahhh. The pain of posting photos.


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Nice, are yours just black thread? cause my body was stretch floss too.

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Less is more!

Posted on: 2008/1/13 21:26


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They look just like mine, and I do them with nothing but thread, a bead, and wire.

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Yep, bead, wire, thread here too most of the time. Every now and then I use a single strand of floss. I make mine most of the time in black thread, gold wire, gold bead, red thread gold wire gold bead, or black, silver, silver. I use x-small wire and tie on 16,18,20. I've had the best luck lately with the red ones. I use tungsten beads to get em down faster too. When I tie white, I use the single floss and silver bead and wire. The white ones are a little thicker, kinda like a little grub. Once in a while I'll use a pearlescent tinsel for the body and a black bead head.

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There is a link below. Try as hard as I could to make it more elegant that is the best I can do. It is just google images with a search on zebra midges.

Here are some more photos that should give you guidance. And yes, just thread. I use the Uni thread 8/0. Sometimes I put a small collar, just a whisp of dubbing just next to the bead.

Keep this fly simple. Thread, rib, bead head. Also, I have come up with a really simple way to put the bead on the hook, I am going to have to take a few pics of that process when I get home!

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en ... &btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

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That a zebra midge can catch trout is all the evidence I need of their stupidity. Do they work even better on wild one's?

Posted on: 2008/1/14 11:39
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jack,

It is actually a better imitation of the natural than most mayfly dries.

Once you get past the hook point and all....

Not sayin they aren't dumb as a doornail or anything, but just being fair.

Posted on: 2008/1/14 12:43


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Have you ever tried just tying a bare hook on when they are taking these? I would have to think it would be just as effective at half the cost and less time expended at the bench.

Posted on: 2008/1/14 13:00
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They weren't taking midges when I caught them on a bare hook.

Doornail.

Posted on: 2008/1/14 13:18



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