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Red Green Chironomid Larva-Phil Rowley Fly Tying by Philip Rowley

Red Green Chironomid Larva-Phil Rowley Fly Tying

Red Green Chironomid Larva
Designed by Brian Chan

Hook: Daiichi 1760 #8-#16
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70, Red
Rib: Sexi-Floss, Red
#2 Rib: Silver Wire
Body: Flashabou, #6903, Kelly Green
Bead: Glass, Red

Chironomid larva or bloodworm is perhaps the most underrated and underappreciated stillwater bread and butter food source. Trout, however, love them.

Bloodworms are an excellent pattern choice when prospecting muddy shoals, deeper water with reduced weed growth and during the summer months when trout retreat to deeper more oxygenated water.

A well-presented bloodworm pattern is seldom refused. Floating line techniques with or without indicators are the most common presentation tactics. Use a painstakingly slow retrieve or allow the fly to wind drift downwind on a tight line. Takes can be subtle to pay attention throughout the retrieve.

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Balanced Leech-Watermelon/Red-Phil Rowley Fly Tying by Philip Rowley

Balanced Leech-Watermelon/Red-Phil Rowley Fly Tying

Balanced Leech-Watermelon/Red
Hook: Daiichi 4640 #10
Thread: MFC 8/0, Black
Tail: MFC Barred Marabou, Olive/Black Mixed With 2 Strands of Copper Flashabou Along Each Side
Body: Arizona Simi Seal Watermelon/Red
Bead: Tungsten, 1/8”, Black Nickel

Over the past few seasons, I have been experimenting with other colors for my Balanced Leeches. Through these experiments, the Arizona Simi Seal Watermelon/Red color has proven itself to be a great color for trout, especially during the fall months. This Watermelon Red version is rapidly climbing up my favorites ladder in my stillwater fly box.

My most consistent presentation method during the fall and early spring with this pattern is suspending the fly beneath Quick Release Indicators in and around shoreline weeds and over shallow weed beds. This pattern, as with all balanced flies, is also an excellent cast and retrieve option. Using a floating, Midge Tip, clear intermediate or hover line in conjunction with a 4-6 slow strip-pause retrieve, trout and other game fish find the seductive jig of a stripped balanced fly tough to resist.

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BMW (Brian’s Marabou Wiggler)-Phil Rowley Fly Tying by Philip Rowley

BMW (Brian’s Marabou Wiggler)-Phil Rowley Fly Tying

BMW-Brian’s Marabou Wiggler (Designed by Brian Chan)

Hook: Daiichi 1760 #12-#14
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70, Color to Compliment Body
Tail: Marabou
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire, Gold or Silver
Body: Marabou
Bead: Tungsten, Silver or Gold

Brian Chan’s BMW is a must have stillwater pattern. Presented as a micro leech most often beneath an indicator this pattern is a great ‘start the day’ choice or during the early spring and late fall over shallow shoals. Tie this fly in a variety of colors including black, maroon (claret), and shades of olive. Mottled marabou versions are also good options.

A black with either a silver rib/bead or gold rib/combination of this fly has also worked extremely well when trout are focused on chironomid pupa but a standard match the hatch approach proves inconsistent at best. Hanging what seems an out of proportion size 12 or even size 14 BMW has saved the day for me too often to be a random event.

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