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Old 03-26-2018, 04:03 PM
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Default New to chironomids

As the title suggests I'm new to chironomid tying/fishing. What are everyone's favourite patterns ( maybe with photos ) for southern Alberta ? Looks like a very fun way to fish.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:02 PM
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Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, BC. The best chironomid pattern is the same: Black Sno-cone, red rib, #16 or #14. Second choice would be a #14 or #16 white bead chromie or ASB w/red rib.
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:43 PM
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good choices..That blk & red sure needs a good sharpening.
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:30 PM
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Love the chromies!! I find that one the best pattern
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:32 AM
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Here is an interesting video on chiromomids, different life stages are filmed. You can see why using an indicator in a small chop to create movement is so effective.

I like the sizes prof recommended to you, most of the flies I see people using are to large.
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:11 AM
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Pikergolf;I agree,i have had this discussion many times.I have found that most BC guys prefer 2xl sz 12,14.Where as i'm a believer in scud hooks14,&12.Depending on the time of the year,ice out.16 18 may find there place,scud hooks 2x sh,2xh c068 mustad cheap strong hook...
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:39 AM
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My personal favorite has to be the Chromie tied on a #14 Klinkhammer. It was while fishing for the elusive Wedge Pond Arctic Grayling that I fell in love with this hook. I also tie it with Holographic thread I bought at the Fly Expo many years ago.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:56 PM
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Thanks for all the ideas guys
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:35 AM
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Oh and I tie my choronomids with this knot as I feel it helps with movement.

http://alaskaflyfishingonline.com/ti...linchknot.html
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:37 AM
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Oh and I tie my choronomids with this knot as I feel it helps with movement.

http://alaskaflyfishingonline.com/ti...linchknot.html
I use this knot on everything except dries; it's especially useful on suspended balanced leeches, as you say for the movement.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:29 AM
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I use this knot on everything except dries; it's especially useful on suspended balanced leeches, as you say for the movement.
Its important to have a daily movement.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:42 AM
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Its important to have a daily movement.
You mean It's. Doggone it, do I have to correct everyone's grammar and spelling on this forum?
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:23 AM
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The white bead is to suggest the feathery white gills that chironomids use to breathe. If your area has been heavily fished, you may wish to revert to old-style buzzers to better fool them. This one is tied using ostrich herl gills.
P3170010 by Andrew Whittick, on Flickr
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You mean It's. Doggone it, do I have to correct everyone's grammar and spelling on this forum?
No, I donts thinks anybody asks you to.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:07 PM
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:38 PM
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Nice work. Just put a maggot on a wireworm under your indicator. Fish it the same way. Chironomid ain't fly fishing in my eyes sorry guys. Would rather strip in a streamer or a leech when it's Chironomid time. Always got my aggressive fish. Just saying. Beautiful tie all the same.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:27 AM
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Nice work. Just put a maggot on a wireworm under your indicator. Fish it the same way. Chironomid ain't fly fishing in my eyes sorry guys. Would rather strip in a streamer or a leech when it's Chironomid time. Always got my aggressive fish. Just saying. Beautiful tie all the same.
How is using a chironomid not fly fishing? My best days have been chironomid fishing especially when slowly brings them in and having a big trout slam them.

Back in BC when I lived there if you couldnt match the hatch when chironomids were popping off you wouldnt get a thing.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:40 AM
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Here is another good video and a good channel to subscribe too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXSEyvkqORQ&t=223s
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:19 PM
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Nice work. Just put a maggot on a wireworm under your indicator. Fish it the same way. Chironomid ain't fly fishing in my eyes sorry guys. Would rather strip in a streamer or a leech when it's Chironomid time. Always got my aggressive fish. Just saying. Beautiful tie all the same.
Lol , I watched a guy out fish me 10 to 1 last Thursday . He was fishing chironomids under an indicator and I was dragging a micro leech off the bottom. I'm guessing he had a 50 plus fish day.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:08 PM
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Lol , I watched a guy out fish me 10 to 1 last Thursday . He was fishing chironomids under an indicator and I was dragging a micro leech off the bottom. I'm guessing he had a 50 plus fish day.
I have had many guys row up to me on the lake during a chironomid hatch. They are fishings leeches, dragons, mayflys etc. And ask what the heck im using.

Chironomid fishing is a huge part of fly fishing. Match the hatch/depth and you will not be able to keep them off your line.

Iv been to a few Brian Chan, Phil Rowley seminars. One was even on a lake back home and I got to fish with Brian. Learned ALOT about Chironomids.

I have never heard anyone ever say chironomid fishing is not flyfishing lol
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