Most productive chironomid?

troutpocket

Stillwater strategist
@O clarkii lewisi the answer is…it depends. On something like the zucchini I like to use orange thread to make a contrasting color spot at base of the bead, like this (not my ties, just an example I found):
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Are they gills? Eh, who knows, but I like ‘em that way. When I tie these I do use orange thread and cover it up with black holo tinsel and a red wire rib, then coat the whole bug with UV resin.
 

Stonedfish

Known Grizzler-hater of triploids, humpies & ND
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Another one that has worked well is an olive or brown thread body with a red butt.
A really nice older Canadian fellow gave us some of those years ago when we fished Tunkwa. He was killing on them and took pity on us Americans.
SF
 

ABITNF

Steelhead
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Not unusual to see a bit of orange in the butt too especially on brown chironomids. The orange side of Uni-Mylar Peacock/Orange tinsel does that well.

All this is part of the fun of fishing chironomids. Basically all you need in spring is a good leech pattern, a good scud pattern and about 1400 chironomids.
 

Irafly

Steelhead
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Not unusual to see a bit of orange in the butt too especially on brown chironomids. The orange side of Uni-Mylar Peacock/Orange tinsel does that well.

All this is part of the fun of fishing chironomids. Basically all you need in spring is a good leech pattern, a good scud pattern and about 10,000 chironomids.
Fixed it for ya! 😂
 

Stonedfish

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NCL

Freshly Spawned
I would say either a chromie but there have been days when that trout only wanted a certain pattern. My biggest brown came on a size 16 chromie.
 
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