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    Default Zebra midges and variations

    I tie zebra midges and variations on size 16,18 and 20 curved hooks, would they be any more, or less effective if they were tied on straight hooks?

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    Default Re: Zebra midges and variations

    I typically use a TMC2488, curved hook. If you look at pictures of an emerging midge, they can appear "flat" against the surface tension, slightly curved, and even "bulbous" on the head side. IMO it all depends on that specific midge at a specific point in time. Is there an advantage to a specific hook shape? I doubt that there is a significant statistical difference. The thin body profile is more important to me than curvature.

    Nice fish! Do you have anymore pictures of it lying in the dirt?
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    I agree with corn fed fins on the curved hook part, (also a TMC guy) with thin bodies. I also use a tuft of zelon for the shuck with a clear bead head for basic ZM's and a metal beadhead if I want to run it deeper. For a higher in the water column presentation, I will substitute the zelon for poly pro.

    #18-20 is what I tie with for the most part.

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    Default Re: Zebra midges and variations

    Black/silver wire tungsten bead, straight hook, curved hook, sizes 16-20, seems to work just as well either way; I like the looks of the curved hook though. Tuft of zelon, perhaps yes or no.

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    I tie mine on curved TMC206BL hooks these days. I can't say that it makes a difference or not, but I like the way they look and that's important to me.

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    Those are large for winter conditions around here- I go down to 28...generally don't fish anything bigger than 22, and use the Gamakatsu b/l hooks for those smaller guys.

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    Default Re: Zebra midges and variations

    After watching that video I may start adding a small chenille tail to my zebra midges.

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    Tim C.

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    Articulated chironomid patterns have been catching on lately...

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    Default Re: Zebra midges and variations

    For lakes that wiggling movement can be a trigger, much like a damsel. The larger hook opens the door for experiments in movement. In rivers I really don't think it matters as the current moves the fly around so much and the sizes are just too small for any chenille.
    For those surface tension sippers a Brooks's Sprout Midge works fine. For a shuck I add a few fibers of fluorofiber or more precisely strands from grey organza sheets. Does it matter? Just to me. Lol

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