Zebra Midge Emerger is a chironomid imitation designed to catch trout. Though the Zebra Midge is small and simple to tie, it is deadly resulting to successful fishing expeditions leading to great catch of trout including the huge ones. The Midge can be tied using materials of different colors that match larva, pupa and emerger being the major stages of Chironomid development. The choice of the Zebra Midge color should be made to suit that of the hatch present in the local water bodies. This Midge is best for making a catch in still waters as the Chironomids are the common source of food for trout living in these waters.
Materials required for tying Zebra Midge
Zebra Midge is easy to tie without seeking technical assistance. The following materials are essential for assembling a complete Midge:
- Hook: The standard Tiemco 2488 hook size 18 or Daiichi 1120 size 14-18 can be used to prepare a Midge.
- Rib: A fine silver UTC wire is essential for developing a rib. The wire should be extra-small in size for best results.
- Bead: Making use of a bead leads to development of a perfect Chironomid imitation as it acts as the head of an emerger. A silver Cyclops eye bead of 5/64 inch is highly recommended.
- Thread: Danville fly Master thread size 6/0 is ideal for the tying process of Midge. The color of the thread should be chosen depending on the chironomid stage to be imitated.
- Thorax: Fine dubbing fiber or floss creates the best chironomid thorax located next to the head.
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Zebra midge tying step by step
The following step by step process of tying a Zebra Midge is simple yet resulting to a great imitation.
Step 1. Insert the silver bead into the hook. To do this, insert the bead through the sharp end of the hook before fixing the hook in to a vice. Then, push the bead beyond the bend leaving it to rest next to the eye of the hook. In order to keep the bead in place, run the tying thread around the hook just behind the bead. Using the thread, make a standard jam knot to sit in between the bead and the eye of the hook.
Step 2. Fix ultra-fine silver wire just behind the bead. Note that the wire should be long enough to cover twice the length of the body. Pick the tying thread and bind the wire on to the hook shank by making fine thread wraps around the hook. Smoothly wrap the wire while moving backwards making a stop at the curve bend of the hook.
Step 3. Prepare the base for the body of the Zebra Midge. Here, you will make use of the thread, ensuring that the color matches the chironomid stage to be imitated. For example, if you want a larva, a red thread is recommended, for the pupa stage, a black or brown thread can be used while a black thread is ideal for an adult emerger. Now, run the thread around the hook shank making smooth wraps from the curve bend up to the bead.
Step 4. Once the base of the body is complete, it’s time to create the rib of the midge. Remember you had fixed a silver wire with a length twice the hook shank or the body so there is a wire extending beyond the curve bend. Now, pick this unbound wire and run it smoothly around the thread wraps over the hook. In this case, you will move forward coiling the wire around the hook shank using steeply angled turns towards the bead. Use the thread to tightly secure the wire just behind the thread and trim off the excess wire.
Step 5. Create the thorax next to the bead. Here, you will make use of fine dubbing floss. Get a small bunch of dubbing floss and place it immediately behind the bead. Fix it firmly using the tying thread by making tight round wraps till when you create a dubbing ball.
Step 6. At this point, give your chironomid a final touch by making a finely designed whip knot just behind the bead. Then, trim off the excess thread to give your Zebra Midge a fine finish.
Zebra Midge fly patterns
Zebra Midge fly comes in varying patterns that include;
Larvae patterns. This Midge fly pattern has a worm-like appearance and unique segmentations developed using the silver wire. In most cases, this fly is designed with red body.
Pupae patterns. This pattern differs significantly from that of the larvae as the thorax is larger with the body being more developed. This fly can be prepared with brown thread with the body segmentations being made using silver or copper wire.
Adult emerger pattern. This is the most common pattern that provides a perfect imitation of an adult chironomid. The body of the fly is created using black thread with a well developed thorax made with black dubbing floss.
Fly fishing with a zebra midge emerger
Fly fishing with a zebra midge emerger can be successfully done using any of the following methods;
This style is amazing for pool fishing as the trout cruise near the surface in search of food. Set the fly in a motionless state at the edge of the pool. You should be able to see the chironomid though some times the vision is impaired by the broken water. Once you notice a significant rise near the chironomid, wait till when it disappears as this gives you a signal to set the hook.
Shallow nymph method
This method is highly productive when used in slow moving or still waters. In this case, the trout are visible in the water hence you can monitor its movement. Sink the fly before the rising trout and keep it motionless. Note that the trout has a tendency of tasting the fly without making a significant bite. Therefore, observe the trout and once it opens the mouth, set the hook for a catch.
Zebra Midge Emerger is easily purchased in the local and online market. The cost depends on the size of individual Midge fly and the quantity in each unit pack. In Amazon and eBay, cost of Midge fly ranges between $1 and $22.