Chironomids!!

easywater

Active Member
All killers with nice tapers.

Keep in mind there should be 7 segments - hard to do on the small scud hooks.

The chrome beads are interesting - haven't seen them before.
 

Buzzy

Active Member
Keep in mind there should be 7 segments -
Somewhere in one of the other forums a tier was complaining about crowding the head on his size 20 flies and the discussion was "do the fish care"? I guess I'd never heard about "seven segments" before and in looking in my midge boxes, my ties have an assortment of segments and some with no segments..... reminds me of a day fishing a local lake with a buddy. We whacked 'em on size 16 snow cones with a small silver wire rib. I invited @Engee to join us the next day and told him what to tie. He shows up the next morning with exactly the same fly but without the rib (would that be segments :cool:?). Anyway, we teased him that he was going to get skunked. After anchoring, he found the pod and proceeded to hook fish after freaking fish while the fly shop guy and I had our offerings (the same segmented fly as the day before) refused. We made sure our bobbers were set just like Engee's, and believe me, we crowded his bobber. His kept going down. Mine ignored, fly shop guy's fly ignored.

But I appreciate the lesson in entomology!
 

Buzzy

Active Member
rainbow midges.JPG

Experimenting with white thread bodies and markers. Unimpressed - my artistic skills ain't much. But something has crept into my imagination. Nine or ten years ago three of us portaged into a small BC lake. The portage included dragging two prams and my pontoon boat out of mucky shallow lake, up over a steep hill to our destination. We honestly thought given how tough it was to access that the fishing would be off the charts. It was tough, slow. A Canadian we know showed up and eventually rowed over to show us a throat sample: glass worms or phantom midges (chaoborus I think). This friend made some comment to the effect "when they're on glass, I go home".

I've seen lots of glass worm imitations and have several variations in one of my midge boxes but maybe with just a bit less coloring pen and UV resin I might hit on something. Maybe. Could happen.

The lower right midge (size 18) has a red butt and green body. This fly has been effective on two Greenstone Mountain lakes (without that plummeting blue tungsten bead).
 

Buzzy

Active Member
So many great patterns shared in this thread and in other forums within WFF, generous folks. I really enjoy it. And to think we haven't even begun to exhaust the possibilities, eh!

I did think about starting a new thread in the "lakes" forum called something like chironomid emergers. Sat at my vise earlier and tried to tie up something worthwhile to introduce the thread. I can't tie a dry or emerger: ALL THUMBS? So I just added a little grizzly hackle to the bend of the hook to simulate a trailing shuck. And no new thread...............(well, unless switching from Uni-thread to Veevus counts).

almost a summer duck.JPG

Almost "summer duck" colors.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
WFF Supporter
So many great patterns shared in this thread and in other forums within WFF, generous folks. I really enjoy it. And to think we haven't even begun to exhaust the possibilities, eh!

I did think about starting a new thread in the "lakes" forum called something like chironomid emergers. Sat at my vise earlier and tried to tie up something worthwhile to introduce the thread. I can't tie a dry or emerger: ALL THUMBS? So I just added a little grizzly hackle to the bend of the hook to simulate a trailing shuck. And no new thread...............(well, unless switching from Uni-thread to Veevus counts).

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Almost "summer duck" colors.
I’m starting a bloodworm thread in the tying forum with these guys.
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