Posts Tagged ‘chironomidae

09
Dec
13

Buzzers, Bombers, Midges, Chironomids: Year ’round staple

Midge Head SB Excellent Info re Chironomids~Midges by Philip Rowley@Fly Craft Angling

Midges (Buzzers, Chironomids, Chironomidae, Diptera, Gnats, Bombers, Bloodworms) are a staple for trout. Midges can comprise a significant portion of a trout’s diet in some lakes or rivers. Sizes vary, but tend toward the small offerings in larva, pupa, emerger, adult patterns. Type in Chironomid into Google Images and you will get the overview of this simple food form. Watch for swooping/feeding birds above the water’s surface as an indicator of a hatch.

28
Dec
08

chironomid, midge, gnat (klaus peter brodersen’s amazing images)

Midge Pupa

Midge Pupa

Pictures give you the elements of proportions, detail and colors. Then you have to learn your materials and visualize matching the images you can find re each insect. Matching existing patterns and trusting the tier matched the actual insect is ok…but, when you can come across the hard work of others like Brodersen or at Troutnut.com…then it is all up to you to match or use the impressionistic style. Walk into any flyshop, craft store or fabric store (yes, you can cruise amongst the bolts, threads, yarns and patterns looking for something unique…and cheap) and you look at a material to do what? Color, flash, translucence, movement, life.

http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/kpbrodersen/Chiropics.htm    

29
Jun
08

Midge Male and Chironomids (Pupa’s, Emerger’s, Dry’s)

 

My ties below. With beads and without. Use V-Rib for some bodies and permanent marker for top portion of abdomen. Legs were either Starling hackle tips or reverse portion of hackle pulled from stem. A few bodies were simply black thread bodies and black, small or fine wire ribbing. Dry’s: Griffiths Gnat in two sizes; also, size 18 simple wets of black or gray thread body with a simple wound Starling wing. The Emerger is black biot body overlayed with black or red Krystal Flash strand. A chunk of white foam is tied in horizontally just back from the eye. A small Peacock thorax and simple dun wrap of hackle finishes it off. Frankly, the biot wrap in small flies has been problematic for me and I don’t believe worth the effort to affix the biot on such a small fly (14). I have successfully tied a few small strands of marabou or small black ostrich in and then ribbed it. Much easier.   

Pretty detailed stuff re Chironomidae (Midges). Greek ur Latin to me. Also, a more general entomology link with some good pics. 

http://www.entomology.umn.edu/midge/diptera.htm

http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/~ethanbr/chiro/ 

 The Emerger to the right is an example of the abdomen built from a strand or two of black marabou and ribbed with red tinsel. Narrow ostrich feathers could also be used. The peacock is used to build the thorax and to cover the thread wraps securing the foam wing “bow tie”.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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