Big red chironomid action heating up!

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by troutpocket, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

    What a change from last weekend. Today the fish were all about chironomids, ignoring all other flies and presentations that worked last week. It’s been a mild week in the basin and the bugs are starting to move. From 11:30-2 it was bobber central and the bug they wanted was a #10 red body, white bead, silver rib thing that I got in a swap at some point. . . closest thing I had to match what I found in the first fish I pumped once the hatch was underway.

    Earlier in the day before the midge party picked up, I was getting onsie-twosies on a simi seal leech and type 5 line. Covered lots of promising water but it was pretty quiet. The birds gave the first clue that something was about to change. At the peak of the hatch there were dozens of adult midges cracking out of their shucks within my field of view.

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  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Awwww! I was hoping to see a pic of a big red bloodworm, not a bobber!
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  3. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

    Not my pics, but these look like what I found:
    RedChironomid_snip.JPG RedChironomid2.jpg
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  4. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    I keep staring at that indicator waiting for it to twitch/turn/dive whatever, it just needs to move!
  5. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

    Now you see why a Snow Cone works in red gr8 pic
  6. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

    As a connoisseur of indicator takes, you would have liked yesterday. Everything from "subtle leans and wiggles" to "slow, deliberate descent", to "rip the rod out of the boat".
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  7. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    Try scrolling up and down fast.
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  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    I had very light wiggles on a trip out on Thursday. I really had to watch the indicator.
  9. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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  10. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

    Nice Mark! The only thing the bug I was using had that yours don't is a prominent silver rib. The c-mids I pumped yesterday had it.
  11. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Excellent report and even though I was last out on Wednesday and Thursday I want out again.
  13. GAT

    GAT Active Member


    If you can sit and stare at the indicator in this photo for a half hour without getting bored.... you've mastered the technique of indicator fly fishing... :D

    The number one midge emerger color that works for me is red. The second color that works best for me is a different shade of red.
  14. Skyler Evans

    Skyler Evans Active Member

    Fixed it :cool:
  15. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    The exact opposite actually. If you are sitting there that long not doing anything else and it is not dipping down, you are doing it all wrong and you have mastered nothing but staring at an orange dot and not getting bored, but you have not mastered indicator fly fishing.
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  16. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    I agree with the red butt being a great pattern. I first learned about tying those over 30 years ago when a Canadian took mercy on me as a beginner while fishing Tunkwa.
    I always have some in my box with tan, gray, black, brown or olive bodies.

    Here is a picture of a throat sample I posted last year.
    Gene (GAT) was able to blow it to get a better view of the red butt.
    I caught fish on each of these patterns during a day of fishing but you can tell the fish were extremely fond of the brown with a red butt. A few more fish and the red thread butt would have been gone.