Refreshing the chironomid box.

Mike Ediger

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#1
Spent a few nights last week refreshing the chironomid box. Some are new patterns I have seen on here recently, some are old faithfuls and some are experiments. My thought was tie some with beads for water deeper than 3-4 feet then some without beads but soft gills for shallower clearer presentations. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1391845064.723942.jpg


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Mike Ediger

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I should also say there are several people on here who have answered questions and given me ideas and patterns for which I am very much appreciative. People like Blue, Troutpocket, Irafly, and others. Now I actually need to get out this spring and give a few of these a try.


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jwg

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Spent a few nights last week refreshing the chironomid box. Some are new patterns I have seen on here recently, some are old faithfuls ..

Curious to know which ones are the old faithfuls? I have lots of chironomids in my boxes but actually fish few. Some of the standard patterns have not worked for me.

jay
 

Mike Ediger

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#7
Mike these are looking great. Must be a pleasure filling the fly box with these flies.
What hook sizes do you prefer?

Other Mike
Mostly 12-14.
In that pic is some 12 #135 Dai-Riki scud/pupa, 13 Alec Jackson's (which are cool), #730 Dai-Ridi Nymph Hooks for the straight shank ties, and 14 curved #1273 red Daiichi hooks.
 

Mike Ediger

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Curious to know which ones are the old faithfuls? I have lots of chironomids in my boxes but actually fish few. Some of the standard patterns have not worked for me.

jay
JWG, you are right, I generally only use black/holo-silver, chromie, and blood worm, those are really my old-faithfuls. I have honestly never messed around with other colors much.
First row on the left are ASB (anti-static bag) pupa which I have never tried before.
Second row are various version of blood worm, none of which I have tried before. (group closest is tied with red pheasant tail fibers).
Third row farthest away are Chromies, which is my second most productive chironomid, which I think is a Rowley or Chan fly. Closest on the third row is a little fly that Ira showed a few days ago on another thread. I am sure i didn't copy the pattern exactly, but literally takes minutes to tie and is very clean. I can't wait to try it in shallow clear water this spring.
Farthest row on the right and closest is some more red phesant tail experiments, middle is my old-faithful which is simply black/holo-silver (single best chironomid ever that JMills showed me a long time ago), and then finally a couple of brassies.
I have more colors that I am working on but this was a start.
 

Mike Ediger

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#9
By the way if anyone else wants to share a pic of their Old Faithful, I will add it to my collection as well


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My old faithful has a white bead, peacock herl thorax, and abdomen varies, on 12 or 14 scud hook.
I used to put a peacock herl for thorax on every one and still do on a few, but in my attempt to simplify tying I left that out on some of these. We will see if it makes any difference. Not sure I catch enough fish to figure it out either way.


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Kaiserman, check your posts for typos... you had me running around trying to find out what the newest material ABS is. I thought I was losing it. Then..... things clicked. Please do not mess with my mind.
The ABS (anti-lock braking system) midge pupa is for fishing lite-lines for big fish! A very important fly that should never be confused with the ASB (anti-static bag) midge pupa for targeting triploids or other techy fish.


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