The Chubby Chernobyl comes from Idylwilde Flies out of Portland, Oregon. The Chubby is a take-off on the standard Chernobyl Ant, but with a much needed improvement; a big poly yarn wing that aids in flotation and visibility!
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|Hook:||Tiemco 5263 #6-12
|Carapace:||2 mm Foam - Color of Choice.
|Body:||Color of Choice.
|Legs:||Round medium color to match foam.
|Wings:||Para Post Wing White
The Chubby Chernobyl makes a great hopper pattern. Grease the wings and tie on a dropper. Fishes well as a hopper and serves as an indicator for the dropper.
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- Start the thread behind the eye and wrap a thread base back to the bend. Return the thread to a couple eye lengths behind the hook eye.
- Tie in half a dozen strands of pearl Krystal Flash at their mid-point with a tight, narrow band of thread. Pull both ends of the Krystal Flash strands back toward the bend into one single group. Wrap back over the Krystal Flash with the thread to the bend, anchoring the strands along the top of the shan
- Dub a thick but level body from the bend to the index point. End with the thread about one third of the way forward from the bend on top of the dubbing. That is, you want the dubbed body intact, but the bare thread will be hanging right at the hook point. It doesn't hurt to make a few extra turns of bare thread right here to form a base for the parts we are about to add.
- Cut a strip of foam that is about as wide as the gap of the hook. Snip the corners off one end.
- Lay the foam on top of the dubbing and bind it down tightly with several turns of thread right above the hook point. The back end of the foam should extend a half shank or so beyond the bend.
- Tie in a single strand of legs material on the near side of the hook in that same band of thread where you tied the foam down. Try to keep the leg lined up with the foam when viewed from the side, rather than down on the dubbed body.
- Tie in another strand of legs material along the far side as you did with the first leg.
- Brush out a whole strand of white Para Post Wing and cut it into a three inch long section. Lay a section of it on top of the foam so the middle of the strand is even with the thread. Tie the Para Post Wing down tightly with several firm wraps of thread.
- Apply a tight, thin layer of dubbing to the thread and begin wrapping it in the joint on the body as you hold both ends of the para Post Wing back toward the bend. The thicker dubbed thread will make it easier to force the front end of the wing back on top of the rear section than if you were to try to do this with bare thread. Make sure all the legs stay in position as you wrap the dubbing between their front and back sections.
- Pull the foam, legs and wing back and continue dubbing forward over the body to about one third of a shank behind the hook eye. Again, leave the bare thread hanging on top of the dubbed body.
- Lay the foam down again and bind the front end in place with several firm wraps of thread. Be sure the foam stays centered on top of the shank.
- Tie in another set of legs on each side of the shank at the front of the fly as you did on the back.
- And tie in another clump of white McFlylon just as you did on the back as well.
- Apply another thin strand of dubbing to the thread, wrap it in the joint to force the front of the wing back and then conitnue it under the front end of the foam to the hook eye. Whip finish just behind the eye and snip the thread. Clip the front end of the foam into a short stub and snip the corners off.
- Lift both wings up and trim them straight across so they are about a shank length long.
- Trim the legs so they are all about a shank length long or so as well.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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