How to Tie a Zebra Midge for Fly Fishing

by Tyler Melville


  • Vise
  • #285 size 20 hooks
  • 5/64" cyclops bead heads
  • 2/0 red thread
  • Silver wire
  • Scissors
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Materials needed: -Vise -Dai-Riki #285 size 20 hooks -5/64" cyclops bead heads - 2/0 red thread -silver fly tying wire - scissors

    Step 2

    Take bead head and thread it on the hook

    Step 3

    Attach hook and bead to vise

    Step 4

    Take thread and begin wrapping hook. Start at the head of the hook and wrap down to the shank of the hook.

    Step 5

    Step 6

    Trim tail end of thread that you wrapped over and continue wrapping toward the shank.

    Step 7

    Cut about 3 in of wire and place along the shank of the hook

    Step 8

    Step 9

    Wrap up and down the body of the fly until the fly is nice and full looking. Usually you do a full wrap 4 times for a completed fly.

    Step 10

    Fully wrapped midge

    Step 11

    Start wrapping wire and wrap 5 times or so. The wire is used to imitate body segments

    Step 12

    Wrap over tail end of wire and cut off any extra wire. Finish by tying several finishing knots on the head of the fly. If possible use a whip finish to tie the end knot.

    Step 13

    Your finished zebra midge