This pattern originated as a chironomid addict's emergency! In 2005 a friend of mine from Kamloops was camped at Dragon Lake in the Cariboo region of BC for the start of his two week holiday and there were naturals emerging in hordes all day long and he didn't have a thing in his chronie box to match. He phoned me, described the naturals and said a mutual friend would be up at Tunkwa in two hours to pick them up before joining him at Dragon. Well it turns out the pattern was the solution to the problem and the original Dragon Lake Special was born. Since that day I've had amazing success with this pattern in all four western provinces but especially in the Parklands of southwestern Manitoba. After an incredible day in June 2011 on Patterson Lake I changed the name to The Pinprick as that was the service it performed that day. I won't quote numbers or sizes but suffice to say I straightened out the hooks on 8 flies. Anyone who has been to the Parklands knows that the fish there are beasts and you need extra strong tippet to coax 'em in. Very simple pattern, two colours of UTC70 thread (Wood Duck and Rust), silver or brown beadhead and silver wire rib. The posterior gills are not necessary as I've tied them with and without and haven't noticed any difference.