Fly Tying: Simple Ice Cream Cone Chironomid

Sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to have a deadly fly pattern. This simple 3 material chironomid takes a healthy amount of fish for me each season, especially in murkier/stained water or when fish are foraging with reckless abandon for hatching chironomid pupa. I believe there is a time and a place for both white beads & black beads on chironomid patterns but some days they really seem to key in on the prominent white bead as a gill imitation.  If you’re looking for a simple chironomid pattern that you can fill your box with, look no further.  I have tied this in a size 18 3xl with a 5/64 bead but size is subjective to your conditions so make sure you have a decent variety.

Hook: Dai-Riki #285 or #135

Bead: Painted White Brass Bead

Thread: UTC 70 (colour of your choice)

Rib: Spun UTC 70 or Wire (size & colour of your choice)

Thorax: UTC 70 Thread

Thread bead (here I’m using a 5/64 white bead) with the larger bored end facing the eyelet of the hook.

Attach thread with 3 wraps behind the eye, I chose UTC 70 Blue Dun for this one but the sky is the limit for colour combos.

Tie ribbing in behind the bead, this one is done with 2 strands of UTC 70 Wine thread doubled around my tying thread but as mentioned previously the options are endless (when tying in 70 denier or 8/0 thread as a ribbing always double it up and spin before wrapping as it becomes more prominent)

Build a tapered body and bring thread up to the front of the hook.

Spin your thread and wrap forward as a rib, I’ve left a little room up front for a thorax.

Add collar with your choice of colour, usually darker colour such as brown or black but that depends what the natural pupa you are trying to imitate looks like.

Finish with brushable super glue, drive to lake, catch fish, repeat!!

I did absolutely not invent this pattern nor am I claiming that I did, this is just one variation of a very popular fly.  The list goes on and on for colour combos this is just what I had handy. As always thank you to everyone who took the time to read this article and feel free to send me an email with any questions regarding fly tying, I will do my best to help out in any way. Until next time happy fishing!


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