The guys that take part in our annual telephone High Lakes fishing derby are threatening to hide my fly rods! Yes, I managed to win the derby again, and to add spice to it, the same chironomid that I used for the past two winners caught this year's largest fish for the third year in a row! It is the Doreen Chironomid as described in my July 2001 article. I am firmly convinced that you will catch more than your share of large fish using small chironomids on a dry line and leader length that will hang the fly a foot or so above the bottom. A strike indicator such as the "Turn-on" helps but is not essential. Of course the Doreen Chironomid is a favourite but dark chironomids also rate highly with me. This month we will examine the "Black Sally", a fly that also produces very well!
The 61 BM hook that I use for this fly has a straight shank therefore I carefully bend it slightly round with long nose pliers. You then start by tying in a very short white antennae so that it projects just past the hook eye. I like to use the white nylon material found in the center of braided mylar or tinsel. A little trick in this step is to tie the material very tightly on top of the hook shank so that the black bead can be pushed very close to the hook eye. To do this, you need to chose a fairly large bead or at least one that has a hole diameter large enough to push over a bit of the white antennae where you have secured it to the hook shank. Next tie in both the black body material and red winding thread near the hook bend. Tightly wind the black wool, floss or thread to the bead followed by 5 or 6 turns of the red winding thread. The final step is a few turns of peacock herl just behind the bead, cement, tie off and you have finished a very effective dark chironomid, the Black Sally!
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