Archive for February 15th, 2010

15
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Chironomid (Larva & Pupa)

Close Up of Thorax (SB)

I have noted of late, that many chironomid larva/pupa patterns, like mine above, are a bit chunky. At the Sportsman’s Show this past weekend (Feb. 2010, Portland) there was a notorious stillwater fly fisher in attendance whose chironomid patterns (larva) were considerably more slender than anything I normally tie. Made me reconsider how my pupa patterns have produced…very well. But, would I do better with a simpler thread body and ultra fine silver ribbed body with a much smaller thorax? I also noted that Mr. Stillwater’s Midge Larva patterns were much bigger (hook, size 10) than most midge patterns I tie. Also, I wonder if the progression of a midge from a larva to a pupa creates a more robust body.

Midge Larva

Larva v. Pupa

Midge Pupa



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