i can't believe people have managed to make chironomid fishing so technical. it is the simplest kind of fishing that one can do. it is basically a bobber and a worm. if you'd like the recipe for how to do it properly, it is as follows: First thing in the morning (i usually never manage to get on the water before 10 am), find a good shoal edge, where a fertile good shallow feeding ground drops off into deep water where the fish can find cover. Find the depth of the shallow shoal, and make your leader that length. This will keep the chironomid about 1ft off of the bottom as the leader is almost never perfectly vertical in the water. Hang your chironomid right along the edge underneath an indicator. the fish will generally cruise along the edge looking for food. It helps if you can see fish in the water cruising or if you see rises in the area. Use chironomids with tungsten beads to get them down in the water faster and to better tighten the leader. Use flourocarbon. Generally leaders with more tippet and less tapered portion of the leader will sink faster = work better. as the day progresses towards midday and you begin to see more rises and more activity on the surface, shorten the distance between the indicator and the fly until you are fishing about 2-3 ft underneath. the chironomids migrate from the bottom to the surface over the course of the day, so your chironomid should too. as for specific patterns, usually a sz 12 black on the east side, and a size 14 on the west side is a good place to start if you don't know what you are doing. I was at Nunally yesterday, and there were sz 8 black, sz 12 black, sz 18 watery olive, and size 14 cream coloured chironomids all hatching around the same time. if you aren't confident you can be dirty and fish two at once... if anyone has any trouble with this, pm for more help.