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Tying John Kent’s Elvis Chironomid (Variation) Trout Fly Pattern – Ep 154 PF #PiscatorFlies

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Chironomids and stillwater go together like hot wings and beer. Any time of year, you can be rest assured to find chironomids wriggling around in the water. The Elvis Chironomid is the creation of BC angler and tyer John Kent. The original name of the fly was the Viva Las Vegas on account that the fly was first tested in a location of a lake known locally as Graceland. The name was later changed to Elvis.

The mirage tinsel over red thread gives the fly a realistic appearance like you will see on the naturals who use gases to help them ascend to the surface of the water before they emerge. I’ve made some minor changes to the fly by using flat waxed nylon as an underbody rather than the UNI-Stretch John uses. I also used slim rib in place of the Wapsi Stretch Tubing used on the original. One other difference to note is that I wrap the tinsel first and overlay the rib where John lays down the rib first and fills the gap with the flash. Subtle differences, but may affect how the fly is seen underwater. It may be minor, but I wanted to point this out. 🙂

Elvis Chironomid fly pattern recipe – John Kent

Hook: Firehole 315 #10-16
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Underbody: White FWN
Thread: Red 8/0 (70d)
Rib: Mohagany Slim Rib (brown or wine)
Body: Mirage Flashabou
Coating: Bone Dry UV resin

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Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

The late Jack Gartside created quite a number of fly patterns during his long fly tying and fly fishing career. Jack’s Soft Hackle streamer is a one of his most popular and earlier fly patterns. The Soft Hackle Streamer has been adapted for targeting a number of sportfish species. These include bass, pike, snook, baby tarpon, trout, striped bass, steelhead, and Atlantic Salmon to name a few.

The fly can be tied for either saltwater or freshwater. Choose hooks based on where you plan to fish the pattern, and for the species you want to target. The colors selected should also be tailored for the specific species. The fly is tied similar to the famous Alaskabou or Popsicle fly designed by west coaster George Cook, but there are a few differences in the fly patterns. The Gartside fly is tied with a front hackle of water fowl and the marabou is tied in butt first.

The marabou is an excellent choice of material and imparts a lot of life and action to the fly when it hits the water.

Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer fly pattern recipe

Hook: Paxima Iseama #2 (14)
Thread: Dark olive 6/0
Tail: 5-10 strands silver Flashabou doubled
1st collar: Olive marabou
2nd collar: Tan marabou
3rd collar: Lemon wood duck flank

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Red Butt Chironomid by Piscator Flies

The Red Butt Chironomid is a great choice for fishing stocked trout ponds, lakes and even deep pockets of rivers where trout hang out. The fly is pretty simple to tie, using 2 different colors of thread. You can use other materials to create the body, but the thread keeps the body of the fly slim. You can also use a UV resin to coat the body to really beef up the durability.

Red Butt Chironomid fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black brass or tungsten
Thread: Red 6/0
Breathers: Midge Gill
Butt: Red 6/0 thread
Body: Black 6/0 thread
Ribbing: Fine copper wire
Thorax: Peacock herl

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