Fly Tying 1 min read

[Video] Copper Zebra Midge

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

January 27, 2013

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie a Copper Zebra Midge is this fly tying video tutorial.

Midge Tying Tips

Tim provides some great tips to make tying midge patterns easier starting with using EZ Hackle Pliers to handle tiny hooks to a clever tip on how to use a Popsicle stick and dubbing wax to get those tiny beads out of the package and on the hook – something I always struggle. In fact, I’m usually pretty worked up by the time I get the darn bead on the hook and the hook in the vise!

I also love Tim’s tip and awesome closeup showing how to tie in the peacock herl with the stem-side of the herl facing toward the hook eye. Great stuff Tim.

Copper Zebra Midge Material List

Hook: Dai-Riki #125 (or standard emerger hook), size 20
Bead: Copper, 1/16-inch
Thread: Danville FlyMaster 6/0, Light Brown
Trailing shuck: Copper Krystal Flash, one strand
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, small or extra small
Wing bud: Pearl Midge Diamond Braid
Thorax: Peacock-eye herl
Tools: EZ Hackle Pliers, popsicle stick, dubbing wax