Text and Photos by Stephen Chatterton
|Hook||#12 - #16 medium shank|
|Rib||Fine gold wire|
|Side flash||Red feather slips|
|Coating||5 minute epoxy|
When Chironomids are emerging they emerge in large numbers and there are plenty of choices for the fish. Casting speed and accuracy are as essential as an appropriate fly. When I asked the guys at The Alpine Angler to recommend their favourite chironomid pattern this is what they gave me.
Starting at the eye wind the black floss in touching turns to just
beyond the bend of the hook.
b) Tie in the fine gold wire.
c) Build up a uniform body 4/5 along the hook shank.
d) Return the black floss to the ½ way position.
2a) Wrap the fine gold wire along the body to form
five segments finishing at the half way position.
3a) Carefully pull the red feather slips or floss
into place to form a red flash along both sides of the fly.