Chimera (OG Version)

Curtis - November, 2013

As we do from time to time, I'm revisiting a previous post with updated on-the-water results and photos. Going back to the original idea on this pattern, I wanted to be able to tie a similar pattern in a lot of different sizes and colors to imitate a lot of different bugs. The idea is similar to a general attractor pattern, but with more specific trigger mechanisms drawn from the various bugs. Yeah, pie in the sky, I know. One "magical" pattern to catch fish under all conditions. Not. It's more of an efficiency thing for tying purposes, but as it turns out, this little pattern really keeps impressing the hell out of us.

Anyway, I spent a good portion of the month of October up in the hills chasing Brook Trout. On the first lake on the first day of "fall fishing" up there, I focused on the Deep Dish Callibaetis, which did fairly well. So while I did fish other patterns, by far the majority of my success was with the Chimera. As Cheech will attest, I'm not the most active fly-changer when I'm on the water. But at times, the fishing was so fast and furious, I'd cut off my trusty Chimera and slap on a different pattern just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Most of the time, however, the other patterns didn't last long as I'd need to switch back over to the Chimera to keep the same pace. Even fished side-by-side with other patterns in similar coloration, it far out-fished anything we threw. Plus, I always take it as a good sign on a pattern when Cheech finally gives in and agrees to use one of my flies when I'm out-fishing him 3 or 4 to 1. Boom Roasted!!

So yeah, it's been a fun fly to mess around with. Here's the recipe and tutorial:

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel - 10
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
  • Bead: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Brown
  • Eyes: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Fl. Orange - 3/32" (2.3mm)
  • Tail: UV2 Ringneck Pheasant Tail - Black
  • Body/Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Black
  • Overbody: Thin Skin - Black
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small
  • Flash: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Pink - Medium
  • Resin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Veevus Holographic Tinsel
Veevus Holographic Tinsel

Veevus Holographic Tinsel

$3.99
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

$16.99
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.50
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

$4.95
Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Sparkle Emerger Yarn

Sparkle Emerger Yarn

$3.25
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

$6.50
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon UV Infiniti Light

Loon UV Infiniti Light

$59.99
UV2 Ringneck Pheasant Tail
UV2 Ringneck Pheasant Tail

UV2 Ringneck Pheasant Tail

$4.99
Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook
Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook

Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook

$6.95
Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel
Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel

Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel

$12.95
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers

Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers

$15.25
C&F Design Hackle Pliers
C&F Design Hackle Pliers

C&F Design Hackle Pliers

$45.95