Craig Mathews should require no introduction. He has been a fixture in the fly-fishing world since 1982, from his base at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. His incredible patternssuch as the Sparkle Dun, the X-Caddis, and the Iris Caddisare revered for their effectiveness, especially on his home river, the Madison.
In this video, by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, Matt Grobert, an author and blogger, shows how ridiculously easy it is to tie Mathew’s Zelon Midge. With just three materials, you can create a very buggy-looking pattern that catches trout wherever midges hatch (which is almost everywhere, of course).
Mathews’s Zelon Midge
Hook: Emerger hook (e.g.Daiichi #125), sizes 18-24.
Thread: Olive, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Shuck: Midge Gray Straight Zelon.
Wing: Midge Gray Straight Zelon.
Thorax: Black Australian possum.
Head: Tan tying thread, 12/0.
Note: Try with different color thread to match the naturals in