Chironimids?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by luv2fly2, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. luv2fly2

    luv2fly2 Active Member

    in the columbia basin is there 1 or 2 or 3 chironimids that catch the most fish in the spring? what is the best color? thanks, mike w
     
  2. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Mike W-

    Just use this one.;)

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    Recipe (added per request)
    Hook: Daiichi 1120 #18 (I also tie them in #14 and #16)
    Bead: White-enamel-painted brass
    Thread: 8/0 Uni black
    Wire: Extra fine red
    Superfloss: black (but, I just use the thread base on #18s)
    Head cement is liberally applied to the (black) thorax to get a glossy effect.
     
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  3. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    There are probably around fifty species of chironomids (chironOmids) in Washington, all varying in size and color. Roger's picture shows the popular "ice cream cone" style. Here are pictures of some live chironomid pupae and some other imitations.
    chiro pupa jpeg.jpg DSCF4247.JPG DSCF4264.JPG DSCF4288.JPG midge pupa3.jpg
     
  4. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Great pictures Preston! Thanks for posting! Rick
     
  5. Blue

    Blue Active Member

    Chan's

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    Also my go to mid is black thread, black bead, white ultra wire rid, peacock thorax, pearl mylar over wing and white Ostrich for gills
     
  6. terry32506

    terry32506 New Member

    Nicely tied flies well done.
     
  7. luv2fly2

    luv2fly2 Active Member

    taxon, that bug will work. what is the recipe? mike w
     
  8. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Mike W-

    Have added recipe to first post. Enjoy.