Falso Conejo

Cheech - May, 2020

It's always good to have a chironomid pattern that doesn't take a long time to tie but can catch fish all the same. A few years back when I saw these Hemingway synthetic quills, I gave them a try and found out they are pretty durable and also realistic. I've ended up using them in a lot of my midge and chironomid patterns. This fly has been probably my most productive chironomid pattern over the last two seasons. I've fished it deep with bigger beads and it does well closer to the surface due to it's shiny appearance in the water. The holographic quills here provide a great effect on the fly. I've been using two hooks on this pattern. The Hanak 230 in #14 and #12 as well as the Fulling Mill Heavyweight Champ in #12 and #10's. You can fish these under an indicator, on an intermediate line or (our choice) a midge tip line. Anyway, these are easy to tie and they catch fish like crazy. Give it a try!

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Breathers: Glo-Brite Floss - Fl. White #16
  • Breathers (Option #1): Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Clear White
  • Bead (Reg): Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Bead (Heavy): Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 1/8" (3.3mm)
  • Body: Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill - Holo Natural
  • Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Hot Orange
  • Thorax (Option #1): Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink
  • Quill Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Alt Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12
  • Alt Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
  • Tools Used: C&F Design Hackle Pliers, Loon UV Infiniti Light, Loon Ergo Bodkin,
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
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$6.50
Glo-Brite Floss
Glo-Brite Floss

Glo-Brite Floss

$3.50
Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Sparkle Emerger Yarn

Sparkle Emerger Yarn

$3.25
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

$8.95
Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

$4.45
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon UV Infiniti Light

Loon UV Infiniti Light

$59.99
Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless
Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless

Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless

$12.95
C&F Design Hackle Pliers
C&F Design Hackle Pliers

C&F Design Hackle Pliers

$45.95
Loon Ergo Bodkin
Loon Ergo Bodkin

Loon Ergo Bodkin

$9.99