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These are the creations of Craig Matthew’s of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. The interesting about Craig’s ( he is Mr. ZELON ) patterns is his attention to detail…and, I mean on the river, where it counts. By making a minor adjustment to this fly, he has adapted it to another midge that hatches in February on the Madison River. I am a believer in rigging one’s rod up – on the water. When I am sitting there, I may observe what is actually going on. Then, the thermometer comes out and I start rolling over rocks and, on occasion, use a mesh net to discover what is drifting in the water column…IT PAYS OFF

CRAIG MATTHEW’S ZELON MIDGE

Like in this place…The Madison River, just above $3.00 Bridge…

CRAIG MATTHEW’S ZELON MIDGE

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20-#22

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive

SHUCK/TAIL: Dun Zelon

BODY: Tying thread

THORAX: Black rabbit and chopped Black Zelon -BRF has the mix

WING: Dun Zelon

This is the guy that takes fish during the coldest months on the Madison then:

“A Zelon Midge is my favorite adult-crippled midge pattern. I tie it in size 20 on a TMC 2488 hook. Most importantly though, for this time of year, I use a pheasant tail micro-zelon shuck, tiger beetle zelon dubbing, and a dark dun zelon wing. This is a dead ringer for midges on all Montana and Idaho midges emerging from Feb-April.”

From Craig Matthew’s Journal

CM’s ZELON MIDGE FOR FEBRUARY

$3.00 Bridge…the way I like it…no people…and, no snow yet…

Some inspection is in order to determine size/coloration changes in midges through the late Fall and Winter…wherever one fly fishes for Trout…FYI – I just noticed that MIDGE MAN is back up and running  as POUDRE CANYON CHRONICLES. He is preparing to re-post a LOAD of Midge patterns…Might want to BOOKMARK his SITE…lotsa’ good stuff be going on over there…

NEXT: A pattern from Yellowstone that has been Maulin’ ’em on the Madison and a Diving Female Baetis…

I have sent my R&D associate out to garner some EXPERT advice on the best winging material for that Baetis pattern…

She is seen here…in deep discourse with a “diving expert“…

PT/TB

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