Really nice rainbow trout with chironomid fly

Chironomid Fly Patterns and How to Guide

Check out the selection of flies for both chironomids and midges.

Check out my collection of great fly patterns:

All Metal Chironomid Patterns: Hi everyone, my name is Ryan Ruttan and I'm going to show you everything I know about chironomid fishing. Click Here for Wholesale pricing

Icecream cone chironomid fly pattern

Icecream Cone

Black body with silver ribbing gunmetal bead and white gills

Silver Beard

Black body with gunmetal bead and white gills

Black Beard

Black body with white bead

Black/White Basic

Black body with gunmetal bead

Black Basic

Black body with silver ribbing and white bead

Black/Silver/White

 

Black body with silver ribbing and gunmetal bead

Black/Silver

Black body red ribbing and gunmetal bead

Red/Black

Black body red ribbing gunmetal bead and white gills

Red Beard

Brown body and white bead

Brown/White

Brown body and copper bead

Copper

Brown body copper bead and white gills

Copper Beard

 

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Icecream cone chironomid fly pattern
Ice Cream Cone

Black body with silver ribbing and gunmetal bead
Black and Silver

Black body red ribbing and gunmetal bead
Red and Black  

Black body with gunmetal bead and white gills
Black Beard  

Black body red ribbing gunmetal bead and white gills
Red Beard  

Black body with silver ribbing gunmetal bead and white gills
Silver Beard  

Black body with silver ribbing and white bead
Black Silver and White  

 

How to Tie All Metal Chironomids

How to Fish with Chironomid Flies:

Best Chironomid Flies to Start With

Why Use Chironomids

How to Fly Fish with Chironomids

Videos of Fish Taking Chironomids:

Awesome example of how fish love chironomids

More Chironomid Info:

If you're new to chironomid or midge fishing this website is going to teach you everything you need to know. I love chironomid flies for the simple fact that I've been in situations many times where fish won't bite for trollers, bait fisherman, casters or anyone else on the lake yet the fish will still take chironomids.

Never tied a chironomid before? No problem, my name is Ryan Ruttan and I'm going to teach you everything you need to know. First things first, you have to decide on tying with all metal, or with thread. No idea which one to do? Go with the all metal for a few reasons.

- It's easier
- They sink faster
- They're cheaper
- They hold up to fish teeth much better than thread flies
- I catch more fish with the metal ones

Check this fly out:

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That fly takes less than 60 seconds to tie and is one of my most productive patterns. This really is the best chironomid fly pattern you can use.

To tie it, you'll need:

- #12 chironomid/midge hook
- 1/8 size chrome bead or 1/8 size gun metal bead or 1/8 size black bead
- Black 24 or 26 gauge wire sometimes called heavy wire
- Small size or Brassie size red wire

So, the black wire issue... the best place to get this black wire is at your local dollar store. Some fly tying stores with carry HEAVY size black metal wire but you'll only get a small amount for about $5. I get 24 yards at the dollar store for $3. You can also find it at some craft stores. One reel of this wire lasts for ever.

The hooks and beads should be at any good fly tying store along with the small or brassie size red wire.

To change up the patterns, just sub in different beads with different small wire.

Best chironomid tip I can give you: Catch a fish, keep it, cut open the stomach and check out the colour of chironomids in the stomach. Match the colours even a little and you'll catch more fish the next time you're at the lake.