I looked in my outdoor aquarium today and there were 20+ chironomids right under the surface. They look a lot different than the fake ones. The real ones seem to have a lot bigger heads than the fakes. Their body also seemed to be more curled as they float to the surface. I just thought i should share that bit of info with you guys. I think i might try to tie some chirnomids with bigger heads and i might use a hook normally used for scuds or something like that. Ohh, and the gills are practically invisible.