On first glance, I thought this pattern to be a caddis pupa. I love the look of this fly when it gets wet, the UV blurring any hard lines and presenting a natural prey item. Interestingly enough though, Ralph ties and fishes this pattern as a chironomid in the same way he would a Sno-cone. The red flat waxed nylon thread place under the white UV dubbing gives this fly a beautiful pinkish glow, and while it looks a little bulky when it’s dry, under water the fly becomes skinnier and takes on a UV aura.
UV Pink – Click for more pictures and information on this pattern from Ralph’s Fly Box.
UV Pink Fly Pattern Recipe