Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Connor Parrish, Feb 14, 2008.
Chad, Nice work!
Buy Phil Rowley's book on Stillwater Fishing. The bible.
Thanks again guys!
I often use floss with extra fine wire rib for chironomids. Mostly black.
I like floss because it makes a really thin body.
My standard chironomid.
Hook #14, 16, 18
Body - black silk floss
Rib - extra fine silver or gold or copper wire or red from stripped telco cable.
thorax - dubbed brown or black with a few tail pheasant or grouse tail fibers pulled over the top
gills - a small pinch of white antron
Here is a pic of a live chiro (My friends picture) from a trouts stomach to work from, I live in the interior of BC and spend 90% of my time on lakes chironomid fishing although I am no expert. For fishing techniques read all you can from Phil Rowley and/or Brian Chan.
Note the segmentation, gills, and color between segments. We call that color a chromie (dark silver) up here and they are prevalent.
When tying chironomids follow a few rules, keep them as thin as possible, give them some shine (I coat all of mine in brushable super glue, they last much longer that way), and BOTH size and color are important so make sure you are prepared. Many times up here when fishing 2 rods I will fish the same pattern one size 12 and one size 14 and will take fish 3:1 depending on size. Nothing is more frustrating than not having the right color/size and the guy behind you is catching fish every single cast while you don't get a touch.
Here are a couple examples of the type of flies I use (Not my pictures), I tie them with copper, black, clear glass and white beads, mainly tie in silver, black, olive, brown.
If you have more questions feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
My best results have been with green and red combination, someone has called it the Christmas Tree pattern. Also, salmon and dark red ribbing works well. I also tie in a short strip of clear plastic from a bread bag or sandwich bag (I use my scissors and cut them to size) to the butt end.
Get Brian Chan's video on fishing and tying chironomid patterns. It and Rowley's book and you good to go. But one word of advice. If you are looking to actually catch something don't come to Idaho. We DO NOT have any trout in this state.
Goose biots for the wings.
personally, I like the Liquid Lace Chironomids the best.:thumb:
good looking bug Randy!
Thanks again guys you all are very knowledgeable! I tied up many the other day (wish I could display them but my camera isn’t so great at the close up shots…) I can’t wait to hit the water!:thumb:
New guy bringin' the goods with a killer post. Well done.
yes Wayne....super floss works wonders for the body
I've added a few to the bunch. I am experimenting with some new materials and have been doing great fishing stillwater so far this season. I had some inspiring days last season fishing alongside some master chironomid fishermen and really learned how to match the hatch. When you've got it dialed in, its some incredible fishing. But when you're not in the zone, it makes for a long and frustrating day. I also recommend getting a stomach pump to help you find out what the trout are keying in on. A small glass jar or a white background are helpful to sample the trout food. Something that works one day, might not work the next. I would start with the black and red ice cream cone or the Chan's special and then go from there, be sure to vary your depth and use FLUORO. I wasn't a believer, but now, I won't fish without it. It sinks faster and becomes one less thing to deter the feeding trout. Go buy the Stillwater DVD from Brian Chan and there are some good basic patterns to tie and have in your arsenal.
Those are some great looking bugs Yellowlab.
You provided some good info too.