The Holographic Blood worm is a stillwater trout fly I’ve been tying for over a decade. It can be fished in lakes under a strike indicator, or on a longer leader. I like to fish the fly over muddy bottomed ponds and lakes where I expect the chironomid larva to be.
Holographic Bloodworm Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black 1/8”
Thread: Red 6/0 match to body
Body: Red holographic tinsel
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: Peacock herl
This is a simple and nice looking English style buzzer pattern. I would be apt to add a bit weight to the head, but it all depends on how you plan to fish it. With the red holographic tinsel, this could easily pass for a bloodworm or a Chironomid, just change the depth that you plan to fish it and viola.
This is a great western stream pattern, and I’ve used it on the eastern ones quite a bit as well with some awesome results. It is a sweet looking Chironomid, and I also tie a version in black and olive with the same pattern.
Art Lacinak of theflyfishers.com demonstrates tying the Rojo Midge; an excellent midge pattern from the Driftless Area trout to the trout of the West and East.