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
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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.
Learn more about Gordon and his fly pattern on TWF.
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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Davie ties up a trio of buzzers here running through 3 different dressings for the popular UK buzzer. It’s a really a simple fly to tie and works well on both sides of the pond. I like tying mine with seal fur and tend to stick to darker colors to imitate Chironomid pupae.
Hook: Kamasan size B170
Thread: Thread colour to suit pattern
Body: Seals Fur or Sub
Breathers: Glo-Brite Multi-Yarn No16, White Etha Foam or Natural CDC Feathers