I have never fished a chironomid in my life. I intend to change that this spring. A couple of local lakes that are open now. Is the water on the wet side warm enough for chironomids this time of the year? How deep do the fish usually take the hook with chironomids? I ask because I am a fool optimist and I wondered if hook removal would be an issue for C&R. As I undertstand the situation, or at least think I do, the chironomid should be fished between fifteen feet down and the surface, depending on where the fishlike them to be. I plan to use my 9 foot 5wt or I could switch to my 8 ft, 5 wt. So what do you guys think?