Posts Tagged ‘chironomid

12
Feb
14

Pupalicious: Chironomids Always There

chironomid pupa Rise Form FF

Photo via Rise Form Fly Fishing

A year around staple in nature…the midge, the buzzer, the chironomid, the gnat (a pupa here). An excellent pattern for trout in rivers and lakes. Pupa patterns are simple to tie, the sleeker the better. Generally fished vertically, either drifting or still fishing.

-Midge Head SB

30
Dec
13

Design & Color: Using Basic Black……..

Black Gnat SwittersB

Basic Black: do you remember when every woman had the basic black skirt and slacks as a foundation to their wardrobe? Perhaps they still do…at least the skirt. Well such is the necessary fly fishing presentation of basic black. A black gnat tied small: size 18 hook, black 8/0 thread body, black dubbing ball for thorax and few turns of a small starling feather. You could add a tail of black hackle fibers if you wanted to lean towards a mayfly vs. the midge/chironomid/gnat imitations. Here, I used the 8/0 for the thread head and may, aesthetically, have done better to finish off the fly with a smaller 14/0 thread for the head. 

This small, simple pattern was suggested to me several years ago by a gnat fanatic fly fisher. He almost exclusively fishes “gnats” in black, brown, yellow, olive, tan….simply changing the thread color for the abdomen when tying the pattern. He does quite well in the reaches of the Western U.S. No bead head, no ribbing, no fuss. Mostly just basic black….and good presentations.

14
Oct
13

Photography: Trout…A thing of Love

trout SB

Chiro Pupa SB

Olive Back  T SB

Photo by ‘NatGeo’ Caught/Released

23
May
12

Fly Fishing: Suspended Midge Pupa

I so rarely use a floating line on a lake. So, when the surface activity is there…out it comes. The fish were working in two to six feet of water, cruising about for emerging Chironomids. Big tails and dorsals swirled inches above the surface. A size 16 pupa pattern was suspended a few inches below the surface ( ‘greased’ the leader/tippet to within 6″ of the fly with floatant).

15
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Foam Wing Midge

Fly Tying Chironomids (Midges, Buzzers, Gnats). I have plenty of larva/pupa patterns. I am about done tying up little fluff balls for the dries and emergers. Last year (Spring), I tied a lot of smallish (18-22) thread bodied flies with one turn of hackle and a tuft of CDC. This year, I am replenishing a larger pattern, The Foam Winged Midge, that I have tied before. I have enough now for the next few years. 

I started tying these back in December, but fell away from tying many due to life's distractions. I have now finished a couple dozen of these and that should suffice for a few years. The only derivation for this pattern is the ribbing of Krystal Flash over the peacock herl. You could use a variety of colors for some flash. I use the KFlash because of weight considerations. Even thin wire has tended to pull the fly under, over riding the foam wing's ability to support the fly in the film.

11
Dec
11

Fly Tying: Down to the Gnat’s Ass

A simple beginner's midge pattern to tie. A size 14-18 fine wire hook, an abdomen of one barb of pheasant tail and one strand of green kystal flash wrapped up the shank together. The hackle is one wrap of dry fly quality grizzly and the small tab of foam in figured eighted atop the shank and then covered with a few wraps of peacock herl. The rear end of the fly will ride slightly downward and the wing/foam will support the fly in the film. SwittersB

The fly fishing literature will advise you that midges-chironomids-buzzers are available year around as a dry fly/emerger option. The above pattern is, at a size 16, on the large size for most streams/rivers, but suitable for many lakes. 

Study up on the larva, pupa, emerger and dry fly patterns that work from the muck up onto the surface. Dry, Emerger, and droppers are suitable for rivers, but you are advised to know your larva/pupa patterns when fishing  the vertical presentation of a lake.

By no means the only resources, but you would be well served to study UK and BC literature on how to tie and present Chironomid patterns. The buzzer, midge, gnat, chironomid/bloodworm designations are more regional in use and in no way are separate insects. As a rule, the UK=Buzzer, BC=Chironomids and the US=Midge….are uniform in tying and presentation, with variations, of course, as in all fly tying/fly fishing.

The midge patterns are simple to tie (particularly larva and pupa patterns) yet very effective. They are always there, so have the necessary assortment of options.

25
Feb
11

Fly Tying: Midge Emerger

Sorry about the picture. I have messed up my white balance and need to correct that. This pattern is on a size 18 hook. 14/0 Sheer thread binds one strand of black Krystal flash for the abdomen. A small slice of closed cell, white foam was attached with a few short strands of mylar for a wing. I over wrapped the thorax with one herl of peacock and tied it off. I tied this for in the film presentations on stillwaters or slow tailouts on rivers. It seems to float just in the film.


28
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Pupa Pattern With Twisted Antron/Wool Yarn Body

I recently highlighted preparing a furled extended body (via Fly Fisher Republic ). The same process of twisting a strand or strands of wool or fibers of Antron/Zelon will result in a tightly twisted rope of yarn that is then wrapped up the shank to form a segmented body. This is a similar process used in tying a chironomid pattern that was popular 10-15 years ago..the Serendipity. The body of that fly was a twisted yarn body (can’t recall if wool or Antron/Zelon). It was finished off with a deer or elk hair wing cut short.

So, I took that same twisted yarn body made from Zelon and wrapped it up the shank to form a nice segmented body. I then dubbed a thorax from Hare’s Mask with guard hairs. The ubiquitous bead nicely finishes the pupa pattern. I have not used the twisted body in years having resorted to assorted body materials and ribbing to impart segmentation and flash. This looks pretty good. The catch here is to twist the yarn but not so hard that it kinks prior to wrapping.


24
Jan
10

Fly Tying: 2 Strands of Krytal Flash Midge

Here is a simple midge/chironomid pattern, on a size 20 hook, that I tied using two strands of Krystal Flash (peacock color) and a portion of one peacock herl. The thread was 14/0. Simply tie in at the bend of the hook and then tie in two strands of peacock Krsytal Flash. Wrap those two strands forward toward the thorax portion of the fly (final 1/3 to 1/4 of the shank). Tie off the strands and leave two short tag ends, which are forced to the rear by the thread wraps. I then create two additional small tags by tying in a small portion of flash on each side of the thorax. Then the one herl is tied in by the butt and wrapped two times to form the thorax. Finish off a thread head. Simple, flashy…a small dropper that I can get a tippet through the eye of the hook.This a nice beginner’s pattern that is a productive stillwater or stream pattern.


08
Jan
10

Fly Tying: Bubble Back Midge (Cool Concept by Hans Stephenson)

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This is a simple, unique pattern that is a nice little midge pattern. I wonder if the elevated bubble with the undercut edge of the bead would afford a good way to tie a parachute pattern? Well, that is perhaps over thinking it…as is, it is a good little pattern.




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