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Fly of the Day - Black Zebra Midge

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Fly of the Day - Black Zebra Midge

An Dinh

For Winter fishing this was a very good day.  Lance and I caught fish fairly regularly even though there was no hatch and no rises.

For Winter fishing this was a very good day.  Lance and I caught fish fairly regularly even though there was no hatch and no rises.

The browns were hammering midges fished deep.  They seemed to prefer a dark colored size 20 bead head midge.  (Though I caught a few on a size 20 soft hackle kebari until I lost it)

The browns were hammering midges fished deep.  They seemed to prefer a dark colored size 20 bead head midge.  (Though I caught a few on a size 20 soft hackle kebari until I lost it)

Here is a close up of the basic fly.

Here is a close up of the basic fly.

Many fisherman swear by the zebra midge.  I'm amazed that such a tiny fly will keep a fish on the end of your line even in fast water.

For a long time, I never caught anything on a zebra midge.  But I was always fishing it off the back of a dry fly.

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Tying tiny flies on tiny tippet in the cold...

Novice Tip:

Attach the zebra midge to the hook bend of a heavier nymph like a size 16-18 Rainbow warrior (with a tungsten bead).  The dropper can be 8 inches to as much as 20 inches long. 

Use a longer dropper if the fish are getting foul hooked by the upper fly.

Tightline Productions on Vimeo has a great tying video for the Zebra Midge