Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Featured Fly - Emerging Zebra Midge

A great little midge variation. We featured this one last night at Brew n' Bugs. I have fished this little guy a lot of the Tully and Big Spring with a lot of success. The piece of flash of the back gives it a little extra glimmer in the water. The Z-lon grabs air bubbles underwater and gives a natural emerging look to the fly. A great fly for tailwater fishing anytime of the year, and a awesome winter spring creek bug.

Hook: TMC 2457 or 206bl sz. 18-24
Thread: UNI Thread 8/0 - Black 
Rib Ultra Wire sz. Small - Gold 
Bead: Cyclops Bead - Gold
Tail: Krystal Flash - Pearl 
Wing: Z-lon - Ginger or Tan 
Thorax: Peacock Herl - Natural 

Step 1:  Make a small thread base right behind the bead.

Step 2: Tie in the Krystal flash and Ultra Wire.

Step 3: Keeping the Krystal flash on top of the hook and the Ultra Wire on the side, wrap your thread back to the bend of the hook. Then bring your thread forward.

Step 4: Trim the Krystal Flash tail. Trim the tail about a hook gap in length.

Step 5: Rib the body. Leaving about a hook eye gap between the last wrap and the bead. This is where you will make the "thorax".

Step 6: Tie in the Z-lon, trimming it about the length of the hook.

Step 7: Trim the extra Z-lon.

Step 8: Tie in one strand of Peacock Herl.

Step 9: Make three wraps of the herl, tie off and trim extra.

Step 10: Whip finish and cut off!

Finished Fly: Top one is tied on a 2457 and the bottom one is tied on a 206bl

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