Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Zebra Midge.
Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 #14 – 20
8/0 or 70 denier black or olive
Silver, copper, or gold
Silver, copper, or gold wire to match bead
- Start thread on hook behind bead.
- Tie in rib material.
- Wrap thread around bend of hook.
- Create tapered body with thread, ending behind bead.
- Wrap wire forward using 5 – 6 wraps.
- Whip finish.
Since the fly was originally developed, white antron has been used for gills in front of the bead and as a tail. You can fish both versions.
For additional information and history of the Zebra Midge, check out my Throw Back Thursday post.
The Zebra Midge has been an inspiration for many other patterns.