Pert Near Chironomid Pupa

When Fish Get Picky

Pert Near Pupa
Over the past number of years, I've found more and more that while I start off fishing the biggest size chironomids (or midges in rivers) that I can get away with, I often end up needing to fish smaller patterns when the fish get picky. I'll see fish pick out the smaller sized midges and chironomids over their larger cousins -- even when both are present in abundance.

So in order to cover the bases for these types of situations, I usually find I size down a bit and dial in the "match the hatch" realism on the patterns I'm throwing. I call this the Pert Near Pupa but it's a relatively general style of chironomid pattern tied and used by people around the world. I just like to tie this one with the new Hemingway synthetic quill for some extra durability and pizzazz.

The nice thing, it's a quick tie and can catch fish in both stillwaters and rivers. Just size up or down and change colors as needed.

Material List
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Hook: Hanak H 333 BL Czech Nymph Hook - 16
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Black
Body: Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill - Holo Natural
Wing Pads: Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots - Sulphur Orange
Breathers: Para Post Wing Material - White

Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Ergo Bodkin
Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated
Loon UV Infiniti Light