A nice little emerger to fish in the film. Hans mentions that he “greases” the CDC, so it would be alright to sub in some other materials for the post that is a bit more durable. Adding floatant to CDC will push down the air trapping barbules on the feather that help male it a natural floater. If you do use CDC, it should float nicely in the film without the floatant.
Hook: Diichi 1130
Thread: Black 16/0
Post: White CDC (3)
Body: Pheasant tail
Rib: silver wire
Thorax: Peacock or Olive Brown Ice Dub
It can be tough to keep things skinny while tying midges, but Curtis shows us how to do it. You could even drop the size of your thread down to keep things even skinnier if you need it on smaller sized flies. Personally, I don’t like using a round wire on these, so I would swap the wire for a mylar tinsel. I might also put on a bit smaller bead so I don’t need to put a lot of thread behind the bead. The flash wing isn’t something I normally use on my zebra midges, but I think it is a nice touch and will start adding it from here on in.
The Aero-wing material davie uses in this fly looks quite promising as an alternative to z-lon or -s-lon, but it does lack the sexy translucence the z-lon has. the structure of the fiber should rally float that fly well and I’ll be looking to pick some up to try out. The other thing to note on the fly is the use of the Resin on the legs. I’m betting that the position of the legs really helps play up the realistic look of a bug sitting on the water. I really enjoyed watching this one, I hope you do as well.