Red Green Chironomid Larva-Phil Rowley Fly Tying by Philip Rowley

Red Green Chironomid Larva-Phil Rowley Fly Tying

Red Green Chironomid Larva
Designed by Brian Chan

Hook: Daiichi 1760 #8-#16
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70, Red
Rib: Sexi-Floss, Red
#2 Rib: Silver Wire
Body: Flashabou, #6903, Kelly Green
Bead: Glass, Red

Chironomid larva or bloodworm is perhaps the most underrated and underappreciated stillwater bread and butter food source. Trout, however, love them.

Bloodworms are an excellent pattern choice when prospecting muddy shoals, deeper water with reduced weed growth and during the summer months when trout retreat to deeper more oxygenated water.

A well-presented bloodworm pattern is seldom refused. Floating line techniques with or without indicators are the most common presentation tactics. Use a painstakingly slow retrieve or allow the fly to wind drift downwind on a tight line. Takes can be subtle to pay attention throughout the retrieve.

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