Tungsten Zebra Midge Fly

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One of the most common imitations found to match tiny midge pupae, the Tungsten Zebra Midge is a variation of Ted Welling’s famous Zebra Midge, but it comes with the added benefit of a heavy tungsten bead that allows for faster and deeper sinking. Ted originally designed the Zebra Midge to imitate the many midges found in the Lees Ferry area, and the Tungsten Zebra Midge offers anglers an excellent imitation for almost any midge pupa in their local waters. Midges are a diverse group of insects that range in color and inhabit most waterways--they tend to be quite small (sizes 18-22 being very common) and can hatch during almost any month of the year. And although midges are often tiny and can be frustrating to fish, it doesn’t mean that large trout don’t eat them, and that’s why the Tungsten Zebra Midge is a fly that should be in your box all year long, especially in the staple colors of olive, brown, red, and black. 


Since midges are so common, there’s never really a wrong time to fish the Tungsten Zebra Midge, and they almost always make a great dropper fly in a two or three fly nymphing system. However, winter can be a great time to fish the Tungsten Zebra Midge as midges remain active all year, unlike other aquatic insects. Dead drifting this midge under an indicator or on a tight line is always a great choice, and you can confidently fish the Tungsten Zebra Midge whether you’re staring down a slow riffle, large pool, or even your local stillwater pond. Midges are everywhere and fish pay attention to them at all times. 


Colors Available:

Black, Black Silver Bead, Black/copper, Olive, Purple, Red, Rusty Brown


Sizes Available:

16, 18, 20, 14, 22


Due to the handmade nature of this product, the product you receive may vary from the photos. Please note that flies that are not individually packaged are not returnable.


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