The Willy Wonka of Gammarus patterns. A great looking scud pattern that is not only extremely easy to tie but also a deadly pattern for both fresh and salt water.
Hook: Mustad C49S # 6-14
Tying thread: Dyneema
Rib: Fluorescent orange tying thread
Legs: Vanilla ostrich herl
Shellback: UV resin
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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
Don’t let this quick and simple pattern deceive you, this is a great pattern that should have a place in every fly box.
Hook: Mustad R30 # 8-16
Tying thread: Olive
Body: Two CDC hackles
Wing: Bleached or light coloured elk hair
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