TH Zebra Midge

A handy midge fly pattern for stillwater.


The zebra midge is a great stillwater fly pattern where chironomids are present. Chironomids can represent a significant portion of the trout's diet in stillwater.
Sizes: 16, 18, 20, 22.
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Overall: 4.8/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 13 reviews

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13 of 13 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    tail water key fly - 2/14/2014
    By: from somewhere on the South Holston River

    On the South Holston River and Watauga River in TN this fly is a key producer. Especially on the South Holston when the water is low (dam not generating/releasing water). Trout in tailwaters thrive on tiny bugs, size 20 and even smaller. Anything dark and small is a safe bet. I have personally caught close to a hundred fish on zebra midges in the last year and a half. Adding a tail of crystal flash, and featuring this fly in a purple color would also be a good idea, but black works very well. Don't go to a tailwater without tiny zebra midges

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Dark Olive Zebra Midge - 11/13/2013
    By: from Putah Creek, CA

    Have been dead drifting this in #22 behind an american pheasant tail or #20 copper john and i gotta say the midge is their favorite. I am constantly pulling in 10"-16" rainbows every other drift with the majority of them chewing on this midge pattern. This one resembles identical color and size to the natural midges I find in Putah Creek, CA. I give this pattern 5 stars for imitation, however 3 for craftsmanship. After fishing for about a week with the first one I had purchased the hook broke... would be great if they could make the hooks stronger. Awesome nymph

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    Slays Western Tailwaters - 5/4/2013
    By: from Littleton, CO

    Definitely the most productive pattern all around for any Western tailwater. I've caught more big fish on this fly than any other pattern...I usually drop it behind a larger midge or baetis pattern. Works wonders during the late fall through late spring!

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Quality of TH Zebra Midge - 3/5/2013
    By: from Hanover, PA.
    Top 500 Contributor

    The quality of the Orvis Zebra Midges that I received recently are outstanding. Actually purchased the colors available in different hook sizes. These guys really work in PA trout streams and I cannot wait to get out there and try them out as I have been very successful in the past using these TH Zebra Midges.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great fly solo and tandem - 11/10/2012
    By: from Pawlet, VT
    Top 250 Contributor

    This is an absolutely awesome fly. A very good fly to use with a dropper/tandem fly setup. I've pulled many nice fish with it, all-year round. It works great with a double nymph setup or as a dropper with a dry (such as a large stimulator). Highly recommended.

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    Required for Eastern Sierras. - 11/9/2012
    By: from Huntington Beach, CA

    Works very well as a dropper while fishing the lakes and streams near Bishop, CA.

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    Trout magnet! - 10/16/2012
    By: from Dallas, TX
    Top 500 Contributor

    I dropped a #22 black Zebra off of a 16 Pheasant Tail, and dead drifted it down riffles on the White River in AR with huge success! For a while it was hooking a trout every other cast. I just ordered 20 more!

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    Great fly - 7/11/2012
    By: from Ledgewood ,N J

    The tungsten bead gets down to the fish. A great search pattern.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Go to Midge - 4/24/2012
    By: from Northern Colorado

    This is a fly I can always count on to come thru....even on a slow day. It's so generic that fish will take it even when they are being picky. I fish in Northern Colorado and this one always works, esp. early in the season. The Orvis flies are well-tied and hold up to hours of abuse!

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