Fly fishing is a sport that requires both knowledge and preparation to be successful. One popular and versatile fly used for catching fish is the Zebra Midge. Learning to tie this fly can help save money and increase the chances of catching trout in Colorado, thus making your fly fishing adventure more enjoyable.


Zebra Midge Nymph Fly


Selecting the Materials

To tie the Zebra Midge fly, you will need the following materials:

  • Hook: Use a size 16 or 18 scud hook for this pattern.
  • Thread: Choose a strong thread in a color that matches the body of the fly.
  • Beads: Use small glass or brass beads in black, silver, or copper.
  • Wire: Fine copper or silver wire for ribbing.
  • Dubbing: Select dubbing in colors like black, brown, olive, or red to imitate midge larvae.
  • UV resin: Optional, but can be used to give the fly a shiny finish.

Preparing the Thread and Hook

  • Start by attaching the thread to the hook shank and creating a secure base.
  • Slide a bead onto the hook and push it up against the hook eye.
  • Wrap the thread back over the bead to secure it in place.
  • Make sure the bead is centered on the hook shank.

Wrapping the Body

  • Take a small amount of dubbing and create a thin noodle shape.
  • Start wrapping the dubbing around the hook shank, creating a tapered body.
  • Make sure to leave enough space at the front for the ribbing and head.
  • Continue wrapping until you reach the bead.

Adding the Ribbing

  • Take the wire and carefully wrap it around the body in even segments.
  • Make sure to leave some space between each wrap.
  • Secure the wire with the thread and trim off any excess.
  • This ribbing adds durability to the fly and imitates the segmented body of a midge larva.

Finishing Touches

  • Whip finish the thread behind the bead to secure it in place.
  • Trim off the excess thread and apply some UV resin to the head of the fly for added durability and shine.
  • Allow the resin to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Your Zebra Midge fly is now ready for action!


Tymothe Meskel
Post by Tymothe Meskel
March 5, 2024
Tymothe Meskel is an avid fly fisherman who spends every week out on the water, rain, shine, or snow. He is an outdoor enthusiast who shares their experiences, tips, and insights on this fly fishing blog. With a wealth of knowledge about various techniques, equipment, and fly patterns, he helps anglers of all skill levels improve their fishing game. Join Tymothe on this journey as he uncover the joys of fly fishing and inspire others to appreciate the wilderness and preserve our natural resources.