While fishing with chironomids can be very exciting, it can also be frustrating when you cannot find the colour or size of chironomid that the trout are taking! At the risk of boring you with another chironomid pattern, we will examine a different colour, mainly a white theme, that has worked this spring at Gardom Lake near Enderby. This lake as previously reported, is fast becoming a favourite chironomiding lake for me! On an earlier trip, another frequent lake visitor, Roy Williams, reported that a white chironomid with black ribbing seemed to be a winner. Sure enough, it does work so I will share the recipe with you for our June fly tying article. Also included is a photo I took from the small boat launch area at the west end of the lake. The view is "chironomid alley" looking to the south.
I do have a very sad bit of news to report. On Thursday May 30, 2013, my friend and extremely creative fly tier, Bill Shea, of Kenmore Washington, passed away after a short illness. Bill, over the years, has enriched my fly tying experience and I am fortunate to have many samples of his genious at the fly tying bench. Bill's work is featured in several past articles such as number 51, Bill's Brown Bomber of January 2001! Another is Bill's Brown Floater, number 172 of February 2011 and the series of NHL Canadian Hockey colour flies for steelhead described in articles 173, 174, 175, 183, 184 and 185! Bill, may you now find yourself in fly fisherman's heaven! My thanks and appreciation will always be there!
Pinch the barb of the curved scud hook and slip the bead through to the fly eye. I then like to make a few wraps of thin lead wire just behind the bead as most of my fish hook-ups occur near the lake bottom. Next attach a length of thin shiny black thread to the hook shank prior to wrapping the body with white uni-floss hook bend to hook eye. Try to develop a body taper, thinner at the bend and larger as you approach the bead. Now tightly wind the black thread over the body to form a rib. I next half hitch a very short piece of white uni-floss so it projects just over the bead. The last step is to wind a collar of peacock herl behind the bead. After tying off, a coating of Sally Hansen's "Hard as Nails" hardener will ensure a nice finish to your fly!
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