HOOK: Sizes 8 to 24 C49S Mustad
RIB: Fine gold wire.
BODY: Red holographic tinsel and green holographic tinsel
THORAX: Peacock herl.
HEAD: Silver bead.
GILLS: White calf tail or Stillwater Solutions 'Midge Gill' (optional)
The red butt section of this midge pupa pattern represents the remaining hemoglobin you may see in some chironomids from their larva stage. The bright sheen from the holographic tinsel used in this pattern works both as an attractor as well as representing the trapped air used by the pupa to travel upwards to the surface where it will turn into and adult midge. The X-Mas Chronie has been very successful in any stillwater fishery I've encountered; I hope you have the same results.
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HOOK: Size #12 - #6 Dry Fly 94833 Mustad
THREAD: Black 8/O.
RIB: Fine Gold Wire.
BODY: Small Red Holographic Tinsel
BEAD: Gold 3/32"
Because of the incredible response from the trout to the X-mas Chronie, I came up with this bloodworm pattern based on the red holographic butt section of that pattern. The trout's response to this pattern was simply unbelievable. I've never had as much success with any other fly before or since. The best way to fish this fly is with a strike indicator and enough leader to set the fly one to two feet off any bottom structure.
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HOOK: Dry sizes 10 to 14
BODY: Tan nymph skin
SHELL: Brown sheet foam
LEGS: Super stretch floss
I invented this fly in the fall of 2004 for the Boatman migration on Muir Lake. This is a floating fly and can be successfully fished two ways. With a nine-foot leader and fast sinking line, cast the fly out and wait for your line to sink. Once your fly has been pulled under the surface film by your sinking line start your retrieve. This will pull the fly straight down to imitate a diving Water Boatman ready to lay its eggs. This method works extremely well with the older sinking line that forms a belly in it as the fly will also rise straight up on your retrieve simulating a Water Boatman rising to the surface for air. The other method requires floating line. Look for rings on the surface where trout are rising to Water Boatman, then cast into the ring. You should get a hit immediately, if not give it some movement. Some days you will need fast movement, some days slow. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Cut a piece of sheet foam and tie in at the bend of the hook. Now cut and tie in one piece of super stretch floss as the legs using figure eights with you thread about 1/3 the way down the hook shank from the eye of the hook. Now tie in the nymph skin at the bend and wrap forward to the eye then tie off. Now pull the sheet foam forward and tie off. Clip remaining sheet foam so you leave a head.