Chironimide Fishing: Breaking it Down for "Dummies"

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  1. Trout Master

    Trout Master Active Member

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    It takes practice, and research ,heck I have caught them deep 40+ feet and less than a foot of water. At Nunnally acouple years ago I was fishing at 6" under the indicator and just slamming them, Then I went nekkid and continued to slam them. Read about their life cycle that can help alot.watch if you are seeing fish are they slurpinng or just under the surface? They are a blast to fish.
     
  2. zagnut

    zagnut Grad student, in fishing, and in life.

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    Long leader is the way to go, with the floating line. The only issue is trying to land a fish if your indicator (please dont call it a bobber) is 18 feet away from the fish. In this case you have to resort to some ingenuity. Making your buddy run the net is always a good option, but otherwise you need to come up with some creative way to move your indicator so that you can reel up more of the leader. For me this usually involves both hands, and my teeth, and usually results in a lot of slack, but with some practice you can do it pretty quick. I advise doing it early in the fight when the fish is still spunky because it will keep tension on the line for you. If you wait til the end of the fight and he is tired out, you are going to end up with a lot of slack and potentially lose him.
     
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    Zagnut, I got what you need.....(indicator) PM me and i will tell you about it.
     
  4. Trout Master

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    Zagnut, try the quick release indicators, I have been using them for about 5 years they work great.
     
  5. Tony

    Tony Left handed Gemini.

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    There are a number of quick release bobbers out there(yes bobbers you can call them what you want so your sensibilities aren't offended but face it a bobber is a bobber) I only use a quick release bobber which allows me to easily land the fish that are hooked.
    tony
     
  6. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Tony, I dare you to let your indicator "bob", good luck with that. Let me know how it works out and how many fish you land versus the guys who use them as "strike indicators". Better make sure that fish has that bait good and deep before you set the hook.

    Chef, don't stop just asking questions, there are different theories as to the concepts of using your resources and I feel there is nothing wrong with asking. Did asking work for you? If so then don't let other tell you how to access information. Could you imagine telling your students to go look it up versus using you as a resource. Laughable.

    As for your inquiry, start with location, then worry about method indicator or otherwise.

    Ira..
     
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    wow you guys really know how to fish with chironimides! Can you fish Chironimides all year round? or it the winter time the best?

    Spencer
     
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    Chironomids make up around 70% of Trouts diet. And seeing how they imitate so many different bugs/midges I say year round for sure
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Year the freak round. With that though I would say from a personal experience that the early spring hatches are my favorites, but that's me.

    Ira..
     
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    mid spring say late may in the methow valley is da best
     
  11. Chef

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    Ira: as they say, asking questions is a form of research! I couldnt imagine teaching my classes and when a student asks a question... i say find it yoruself. I would find MYSELF out of a job.
     
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    Now I just have to learn how to fish with Chironimides
     
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    View attachment 38403 Top of class, search thru site and you will find many way to fish chronnies. This pic from 2009 was a 70+ fish day in the methow valley all on a size 18 red with gold rib chronnie.
     
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    WOW Ira a personal attack, did I offend you, bobber, indicator, this is a long running debate, I tend to play devils advocate and enjoy stirring the pot just to see what will rise, oh yeah and I can be an ass but its mostly for entertainment, but from you I 'm feeling something on a more personal level and I'm hurt, deeply, I guess I won't be getting any invites huh, ah screw this, you want to debate I'll debate, but if you just want to give me shit, piss off I don't need it.
     
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    After many years of notes, research, trial and error, etc., why fish deep in the first place, especially during this time of year? A high percentage of midges will emerge in water depths of 12 to 18-feet (possibly shallower depending on body of water) with deeper water emergences in mid to late summer. Why not set yourself in these prime zones? Just a thought