Chironomid Books... suggestions?

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  1. Chef

    Chef New Member

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    Was wondering if anyone could recommend a book on tying chironomids. The books I have only have one or two recipes.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Mike Monsos

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    I just picked up Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi. You will find more than enough patterns to keep you busy in it. It's a nice book and spiral bound so it will lay or stand flat.

    Mike
     
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    "Fly Patterns for Stillwatters" by Phillip Rowley is a good rescource. Also look for books by Brian Chan
     
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    Phil Rowley also has a very good book on fishing stillwaters including chironomids but also other types of bugs-definitely worth it! Rick
     
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    Chef, these recommendations are excellent and I'd like to add a couple more.
    First, rent and watch any of Brian Chan's videos on the subject. He ties up a few designs that are must haves and explains the chironomid fishing process quite well.
    Second, author Jack Shaw has a book entitled "Tying Flies for Trophy Trout". In his book he chronicles the early days of chirono fishing, the fly designs, the notable players, and helps the reader understand how and why chirono fishing is so effective. What we know of that style of fishing on this continent actually began here in the northwest (BC).
    If you're looking for patterns to try, the website I shared with you on sat. is a great resource as are many other places on the web, more than enough to keep you busy for several years. Start stocking your flybox with basic sizes and colors, you'll cover 90% of the chirono fishing you'll encounter. Brian Chan some years back designed the "red-butt chironomid" I've caught my share of fish with that design and with several others.
     
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    thanks for the help ya all.

    Scott: I almost forgot about that site. i will take a look.
     
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    That Modern Midges book will be on my list. Looks like a great one.
     
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    Midge Magic by Don Holbrook & Ed Koch. It also has some interesting material alternatives. And I echo any think by Phil & Brian.
     
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    Chef, have you atleast put a leader on your fly line/put your boat together correctly? Per our conversation?
     
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    Ouch! he, he, he
     
  12. Chef

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    Trout: Yes, boat is together right. Leader is on right! :)
     
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    And thanks for the check up.... Now I have two dads!:)

    (can I have my allowance?) :)
     
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    chef, have you cleaned your room? are the cookies baked?
     
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    damn.... I ate the cookies. :(
     
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    Way to go, cookie breath! Has anyone else got into BUZZERS?
     
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    Phil's book is good. Don't have one of Brian's that has patterns, but he also clearly knows his stuff.

    Personally I'd skip Modern Midges unless you're headed to a tailwater and really plan on fishing a lot of 20 & 22 stuff. A few basic patterns (maybe 3-4, 6 at most) and several color variations and size variations will do far more for lake fishing than the cajillion bling-bling midge patterns in MM. At least in my opinion.
     
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    With all due respect tkww, I have to dissagree with you. I fish a lot of three fly chironomid rigs, usually a size 20 or smaller on the bottom fly, larger flies on the top two. I've landed some of my largest fish on that bottom fly. In fact it's usually the most popular choice with the fish on lakes that I like to fish. Small Chironomid and larva patterns are not just for tail waters in my book. The MM book has a lot of very interesting patterns, color combos, and materials to play with.

    Mike
     
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    Mike, that's interesting. I usually stop at 18. I'll have to give some smaller ones a shot this year.

    Tyson
     
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    This book is great.