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
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)
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.
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!