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Zebra Midge

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Everyone loves this zebra midge...so I looked it up. I don'f fish midges much. Ok, which one looks like your zebra midge?

these are all called zebra midges...

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Posted on: 2007/12/12 17:25


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They all are.

The fourth one looks like it was taken from Meck's site. That's the version I tie.

You can use a brass or silver bead. I find they both work in varying conditions. You can mix and match thread and rib colors, such as in the red one. I've heard of people using no thread, and just ribbing a hook for the same effect.

Wings can be added as well, as shown in two of the patterns.

For me, the most effective is the black, silver rib, silver bead. I tie it in sizes 16-22. 18 and 20 are most effective.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 18:44


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http://stevenojai.tripod.com/zebra_midge.htm

more variations.

They are all just ribbed thread bodied flies. Most of them are killer as well.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 18:47


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OK, so its basically a chironomid...I actually have some and have fished them then..no longer a mystery.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 18:56


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Yep. I prefer the beaded versions, as it looks like the air bubble hatching phase. Killer immediately before a hatch of midges if you have the right size and color.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 19:27


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its the top fly in my box and whenever i need a go to fly i just tie that on. I just wrap mine in thread with some wire and a brown bead. I use the gold bead on stockies, but the wilds like the darker bead better.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 19:44


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I tie both three and four. The red one gets a gold tungsten bead and the black one gets a black tungsten bead.

Posted on: 2007/12/12 20:07


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I have slaughtered fish on #3 tied in size 16-18. I also have something similar to #1 in my box.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 11:01


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I tie them in (thread/rib):

black/silver
white/black
yellow/black
red/silver
green/copper
grey/copper

They all work, especially in slow or shallow and clear water. I never use a bead, but thats just because I havn't bought any beads that small, haha. I typically tie them in #18, #20, #22.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 13:06


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Silver or silvered glass bead, black thread and silver rib in 20 to 22 is my go to midge. I also like to tie it as an emerger with a tuft of cdc or antron right behind the bead.

The brown thread and copper bead and rib does fine around BWO nymphs.

Around me the red one in 16 and 18 has been hot the last couple of winters. The little black caddis have been thick and their larvae are kind of reddish, orangish, yellowish and some claim the red Zebra midges do a good job imitating them. Not sure why they work, but they are worth a try.

One more. One of my hot soft hackles is the old William's Favorite which is a black thread body, silver rib, and starling hackle on a 19 Tiemco 102Y hook. Looks an awful lot like a soft hackle Zebra Midge.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 13:54


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I've never fished with zebra midges, but I think that they imitate a black midge.
I tie and used a very simple dry pattern for that hatch called a sewer fly. It's just black thread body with a tiny tuft of poly post for the wing. A tiny parachute hackle tied around the post is optional, but I don't think it's really needed on a fly that small.
I tie these in sizes #20 down to #32

Posted on: 2007/12/13 15:52


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Holy #OOPS#! size 32? i didnit think that existed.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 22:00
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It exists..you just can't see it...like Santa...

Posted on: 2007/12/13 22:30


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Unlike santa, it doesn't eat the cookies that you left out as a kid.

wait a minute...

dad!?! what the hell are you eating those for?


Either way, I've never gone lower than 26. I don't think I'd be able to.

Posted on: 2007/12/14 0:22


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Tiemco came out with #32 hooks 6-7 years ago. But I do admit that you have to be pretty fanatic to tie and use something that small
When I first bought them, I had doubts that I could really catch a fish on them.
But they do work.
I don't use them very often though. Once in while, when I find smutters that refuse everything else down to #28, I'll turn to them, and sometimes they do the trick. Of course, sometimes they refuse them also, and I just admit to myself that the fish won today, and move on!

Posted on: 2007/12/14 8:42



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