The Butt Cheek Buzzer
Curtis - May, 2019
If you haven't ventured far into the world of chironomids, it's good to understand they come in a large variety of sizes and colors -- not to mention different life cycle phases (i.e. larva, pupa, adult). That means it's always a good idea to have a good assortment of variations in your box.
This style of chironomid has proven to be relatively easy to tie and gets its name from the orange resin wing pads that just look like butt cheeks to me. They stand out to the fish I suppose but either way, this has been a great pattern over the past couple of years. While you certainly can use any material for wing pads/buds, the resin turns out to be durable and eye-catching.
You'll want to fish this as a pupa lower in the water column usually, so I usually put it on point with my team of flies while the flashier pupa patterns will be on my upper droppers. You can also leave out the bead and go weightless with this as well. Just mix it up and try different sizes and weights to get things dialed in. I usually have a weightless, regular bead and a heavier bead version in my boxes.