If I could choose one chironomid pattern to fish throughout springtime in our interior lakes, the anti-static bag chromie would probably be at the top of my list. Every chironomid pupa acquires the gunmetal silver sheen as they trap oxygen in their abdomen during their ascent up the water column. The anti-static bag body is so versatile as it is slightly translucent, allowing the tier to modify the underbody colour by simply changing thread. Here’s a quick step-by-step on my favourite chironomid pattern.
Hook: Dai-Riki #285 size 16-20
Bead: Gunmetal/Black size 5/64 or 2/32
Thread: UTC 70 colour of your choice
Gill Material: UNI-Stretch
Body: Anti-Static Bag (computer part packaging cut into strips)
Rib: Depending on the pattern either spun UTC 70 thread, crystal flash or wire
Thorax: UTC 70 colour of your choice
This fly can be done in an endless variety of underbody & rib combinations, this is just one that I seem to use a lot during our interior stillwater fishery each spring. A good sign that fish are suspended higher up in the water column is finding their stomachs stuffed full of chromies. I fish this either on a floating line under and indicator, or a naked floating line with no indicator or swivel. Tomorrow’s post will be all about leader setup for springtime stillwater fishing, thank you for reading & if you have any questions feel free to send me an email!