This pattern is meant to be a chironomid-midge pupa but could easily pass for a mayfly nymph or stonefly nymph. The abdomen here has a unique look (underwrap of pearl tinsel and overwrap of red vinyl wrap).
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|Hook:||200R Size 16-18
|Thread:||Black 10/0 or 12/0
|Tail:||White Antron or Fluro-fiber.
|Bead:||Black or Natural Tungsten sized accordingly
|Body:||Medium Pearl Tinsel
|Rib:||Red vinyl, red thread or red wire (Prefer transulant material). Also, try black material.
|Wing Pad:||Thin Skin, Swiss Straw or any black material.
|Gills:||White Antron or Fluro-fiber.
The pupa is fished under an indicator as with any midge or nymph.
Video coming soon!
- Debarb the hook and slide the bead over the point.
- Start the thread behind the bead and lay a base of thread down the shank.
- Tie on the tail or rear gill winding the thread from the bend to behind the bead.
- Tie on a strip of the Pearl tinsel on top of the hook with the tag end behind the bend.
- With the thread at the bend, tie on the rib material wrapping towards the bead. The tag end of the rib is towards the bend.
- Lay a coat of head cement over the body and wrap the Pearl tinsel forward to a point one/two eye length length behind the bead. Tie off the Pearl tinsel and clip.
- Tie on the wing pad behind the bead with the tag end towards the bend.
- Tie on and wrap a single strand of peacock herl to form a thorax. Tie off the peacock herl and clip.
- Tie on five or six strands or antron or fluro-fiber behind the bead perpendicular to the shank. Figure eight the antron.
- Pull the antron back along the shank and bring the wing case over the thorax. Tie off the wing case behind the bead. The gills should now lay along the thorax.
- Clip the wing case and trim the gills to your preference.
- Whip-finish and clip the thread. Apply head cement (optional).
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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