The Hamburger of Chironomids
|Universal Chironomid with goose biot wing pads|
As luck would have it, we like to fish with chironomids in our stillwater fishing and do it quite often. In fact, I have a large chunk of my stillwater nymph box dedicated to chironomids of all shapes, sizes and colors.
|OCD Fly Collection|
Sometimes, I have to dial in a specific size and color just depending on what the fish are focusing on that day and time. But I have found, more and more, that regardless of various sizes of bugs present, there is a pretty universal size and color that will work most any time on any stillwater -- with very few exceptions. That's why I call this the Universal Chironomid.
|A collection of the ubiquitous chironomids|
First off, there's nothing inherently magic about this style of pattern -- lots of people tie quill body chironomids. The revelation for me came over the past few years as I noticed that I caught more fish on the smaller less flashy chironomid pupa imitations such as this. So I just standardized on this specific pattern and it's done quite well.
|Portly Hamburger-eating rainbow that fell for a smallish chironomid|
The only differences in this pattern are really just the bead size in conjunction with the hook size (from #12 down to #16 or even #18) and I started using more holo tinsel than the goose biots. I also tie a version without a bead.
One thing to also point out is that you must use some sort of epoxy or UV cure resin on this bad boy. The fly below was responsible for probably 10 fish, but it took a beating in the process. Without the UV resin, it wouldn't have lasted more than 1 fish.
Material List:Hook: Daiichi 1150 -- Buy Here --
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier, Black -- Buy Here --
Bead: Tungsten 2.4mm to 3.2mm, Black Nickel. -- Buy Here --
Body: Stripped Peacock Eye Quills -- Buy Here --
Wing Pads: Holo Tinsel, Orange, Med. -- Buy Here --
Coating: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish, Thin -- Buy Here --