Something magical happens during a chironomid hatch. As these little (well, mostly little) bugs ascend towards the surface they produce gas within their skeleton that creates a shiny, almost reflective look to it.
That is why many of the most effective chironomid pupa patterns are tied with some sort of metallic tinsel or anti-static bag material. The Chromie Chironomid is surely no exception.
It is without a doubt one of my go-to Chironomid patterns.
The Chromie Chironomid
- Hook: size 8-16 scud hook; Daiichi 1260
- Thread: 8/0 or 70 UTC denier
- Bead: black brass bead (sized to match hook)
- Body: silver tinsel
- Rib: small red wire
- Thorax: peacock herl
- Gills: poly yarn or antron
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial