Winter here in Colorado consists of fly fisherman flocking to local tailwaters, searching for open water that hasn’t frozen over yet. Anglers tie size 6x or 7x tippet to the end of their leaders and attach tiny flies to fool the resident trout. There are literally hundreds of flies and variations of patterns that an angler can use. One of my favorite patterns to have on hand is the zebra midge. This is a very simple pattern to tie, consisting nothing more of a hook, bead, thread, and some wire. The zebra midge can be tied in a matter of minutes, really the hardest part is getting the tiny bead on the tiny hook. Which makes it a perfect candidate to fill up an entire box while you're binge watching Netflix. I have a box filled with size 20-26 zebra midges in black, brown, grey, green, white and red. This range of color and sizes gives me the ability to match a broad range of midge hatches primarily when they are in their larva stage.
Midges in their adult life form are small two-winged flies which begin their lives on the bottom of the river as eggs. In between those phases, midges spend their lives as larvae and pupae. These insects can be found in extremely large concentrations which make them a sustainable food source for trout year-round. Zebra Midges are a simple and effective pattern that make a tasty looking trout meal, even during these cold months.
Hook: Firehole Sticks 317 Size 20
Thread: Uni-thread Olive 6/0
Head: Black Glass Bead
Rib: Copper Wire X-Sm
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