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The Thread Midge was created in a tool shed in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1996. "I was a production tier at the time and, after staying up all night to complete a large order for Wendy Gunn of Lee's Ferry, I had an hour to wait for the mailman to pick up an order of Brassies, Pheasant Tails, and scads of chironomids.
Tired and not sure what I was going to tie next, I put a bead on a hook, with a little lead under the bead to hold it straight, applied some wire behind the bead and wrapped the thread on it. Voila! I tied 12 copper heads with copper wire and 12 silver beads with silver wire and included them in Wendy's order. I asked her to pass a few to her guides.
A couple days later I drove up to the Ferry to collect a check and to go fishing. When I got to the fly shop I was approached by one of her guides, who asked if I had any more of those copper and silver flies. I said no and asked why. He said the fish were swimming across the river for those flies. When Wendy heard this she ordered 200 of each and it went from there. After a few days, Wendy called and asked me to apply different colors of thread to the body. I had no idea that this particular fly would become so productive and popular at such a rapid rate. Now the Zebra Midge is a staple here at Lee's Ferry."...Ted (AKA Deadly Teddly) Wellington Marble Canyon, Arizona
|Hook:||Dai-Riki 060, Tiemco 2488 or Dai-Riki 125 sizes 18 -22|
|Bead:||Black 5/64 tungsten or 1/16 tungsten for smaller than #18|
|Gills:||White Antron Yarn|
|Ribbing:||Red wire to size of midge|