Published Dec 2. 2019 - 3 years ago
Updated or edited Dec 2. 2019

Rusty Nail Chironomid Var

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John Kent has a knack for chironomid fly patterns that catch big trout in still waters. While I was researching the fly pattern, I found the John ties this in a couple of different ways. He has a version with a white bead (no breathers) and a copper bead version (with breathers). He also ties the body in either tinsel wrapped first with the wire ribbing counter wrapped, or a stretch micro tubing ribbing wrapped first and the tinsel wound in between the ribs. All of these versions will work great and offer different amounts of the reflective surface.

One other thing I should note is John's use of stretch floss as an underbody on the chironomid. It helps keep the body smooth and fills it out much quicker than using 70d thread to build the taper. John likes the Mirage Opal tinsel for the fly and it really glows with just a little bit of light, mimicking the trapped gas observed in accending midge pupae.

Rusty Nail Var. Fly Pattern Recipe (John Kent)
Hook: Firehole 315 or similar #10-16

Bead: Copper-colored brass or tung
Thread: Wine 8/0 70d
Breathers: Midge Gill yarn
Rib: Wine wire (fine) 6-8 segments
Body: Mirage tinsel
Overbody: Bonedry clear


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