Merry Christmas Fly Tyers! The X-mas Chronie was designed by Mike (Doc) Monteith from Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. Mike invented this pattern at a Flies ‘N’ Beer night, a monthly event held by members of the Northern Light Fly Fishers and Tyers.
The fly is a good representation of the Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa that occurs in the ponds and lakes of Alberta and BC. Mike had a hunch this would be a killer fly for the local lakes and sure enough, the first trip out to Muir Lake proved the hunch correct.
Christmas Chironomid Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s
Bead: Black brass
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Butt: Red holo tinsel
Rib: Fine copper wire
Body: Green holo tinsel
Thorax: Peacock herl
Coating: Hard as Nails or Bone Dry
If you like this pattern, check out the Screaming Viking by the Fly Guys
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Another hot fly from Davie McPhail. I’ve been tying small midges and chironomids with stretch floss for quite some time and when combined with the modern UV resins, they are a durable and highly effective fly for stillwaters. I really loved the look that the flourescent orange paint added to the wung buds on the fly. Once the resin is applied, the fly really comes alive.
Super Stretch Hot Spot Buzzer fly pattern recipe
Hook: Fulling Mill Super Heavyweight Black size 10
Thread: UTC 70 Black
Tag: Red Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive
Wing Buds: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive Highlighted with Flu-Orange T-shirt or Acrylic Paint
Coat Whole Fly with Fulling Mill UV Resin then finish off with a fine coat of clear varnish
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This little size 18 Blood Midge use a small cross stitch bead for the head, and just a little weight to get the fly sinking into the water column. You can find the beads in craft stores, in a huge variety of colors, but be aware that they are breakable if you happen to hit the fly onto a hard surface.The curved scud hook, such as a C49S is used to give the fly the appearance of it swimming, and for blood worms and chironomids, these curved hooks are my own goto. It’s a great little fly for stillwater fishing, you can fish it with a dry fly line with a long leader, either with or with out a strike indicator.
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Blood Midge Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Size 18 curved scud / caddis
Head: Small petite cross stitching bead
Rib: XS red midge wire
Thorax: peacock herl
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