Chironomids are midges found in lakes and ponds that make up the backbone of a trout’s diet.  These larva range from #10-#22 but the Stillwater trout are particularly fond of the larger ones.  While fish will key in on the adults on the surface from time to time, the vast majority of chironomid fishing is sub surface.  You can fish these patterns on a long leader using a slip bobber, or trail them off a larger fly using an intermediate sinking line.

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  • The black and silver chironomid features a black thread body, silver wire rib, a pearlescent wing case, and two light orange biots on each side of the thorax.  Available in size 12.
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  • Brian Chan’s BH Chironomid Bomber is a simple yet highly effective Chironomid that you can fish with confidence just about anywhere.  Color: Black/Silver.  Size: 12.
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  • Brian Chan’s Holo Black Chironomid Pupa is a productive pattern for all stillwaters. Size 14.
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  • Brian Chan’s Holo Black Chironomid Pupa is a productive pattern for all stillwaters. Size 14.
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  • The mottled body of the crank shank chironomid is pretty much identical to the stop light, and it features a pearl wing case and a pair of holographic orange tinsel strips along each side of the thorax.  Available in size 12.
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  • The ice cream cone chironomid has been an old standby in Quake and Hebgen since we opened the shop and is one of our more popular patterns ever year.  This simple pattern features a thread body, wire rib, and a white bead head up front.  The ice cream cone chironomid is a great choice for lakes across the country and is most effective when fished using a washline or suspension system.
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  • The Mad Bomber Chironomid features a black thread body with a red and silver rib.
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  • Morrison’s Kaleidoscope is another flashy chironomid pattern that fished well for us on Hebgen Lake last year.  It features a red flashabou body with a green and silver rib and a few wraps of peacock herl in the thorax.  Available in size 12-14.
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  • The Tartan falls into the Chromie style of Chironomid patterns that imitate the more translucent silver species of lake dwelling midges.  It features a silver flashabou body with a black and red rib and a little peacock in the thorax.  Available in size 12.
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  • Rowley’s black sally is another proven producer from the vise of Phil Rowley.  It features a black and red segmented body, peacock thorax, and a small white tuft of Z-lon for the gills.  Black and red is always a killer color combination when it comes to chironomid patterns, and the black sally is no exception.  Available in size 12 and 14.
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  • The clearwater pupa is an epoxy-style chironomid pupa that Phil Rowley designed for clear lakes and selective trout.  It features a  black body with a red butt and a gold ultra wire rib, in addition to a small pearlescent wing case behind the gills.  This has been a big seller in the shop since it hit the bins last year, and is one pattern that Phil is never without when he is on the water. Available in size 12 and 14.
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  • Phil Rowley’s Green Back Pheasant features an olive body, with a piece of green tinsel over the back and a gold wire rib.  Available in size 12.
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