Zebra Midge Fly

Zebra Midge

A simple yet highly effective fly pattern that imitates small aquatic insects, particularly midge pupae. Its slender, segmented body and bead head are key to its success.

How it's tied

The Zebra Midge is typically tied on a small hook, often in the size range of 16 to 22. The fly starts with a small bead head, typically brass or tungsten, slid onto the hook to give the fly weight and to represent the insect's head.

The body is comprised of just two materials: thin thread and fine wire. The thread, often black or red, is wrapped to form a slim, even body, while the wire, usually silver or copper, is wound over the thread to create the segmented appearance of a midge pupa's body.

Despite its simplicity, tying a Zebra Midge requires attention to detail, particularly when it comes to achieving a neat, even body and clean wire wraps.

What it mimics

As its name suggests, the Zebra Midge is designed to mimic midge pupae, one of the most abundant food sources in many water bodies. The slim, segmented body and bead head do an excellent job of imitating the shape and translucency of these small aquatic insects.

Where it's used

Given the ubiquity of midges in both still and moving waters, the Zebra Midge is an effective pattern in a wide range of fishing scenarios. It's particularly useful in clear waters where fish have a good opportunity to inspect their prey, thanks to its realistic profile.

While commonly used for trout, the Zebra Midge can be used for a very wide array of fish species that feed on midges.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Zebra Midge


Brook trout

Brown Trout


Common Carp

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout



Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout





True Flies (Latin: Diptera)

The Zebra Midge mimics one or more species from the insect order True Flies

Latin: Diptera

Diptera, or true flies, are insects with one pair of wings and a pair of halteres, which aid in balance and flight.

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