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Pheasant Tail Chironomid

Pheasant Tail Chironomid Fly Tying Instructions

How To Tie Pheasant Tail Chironomid. Chironomids are the main forage food for trout in lakes.  They exist in all lakes, both high elevation and low elevation.  A Chironomid is a lake midge.  They are usually much large than their river cousins.  The Pheasant Tail Chironomid imitates the pupa or emerging stage of the Chirpnomid.  This stage of the Chironomid is usually more brown in color.


Chironomids are not fast swimmers, thus they are best fished underneath a strike indicator.  Chironomids also need to be fished in deep water.  A 15 foot rig is not uncommon.  I very commonly fish in the 10-12 foot region, this is when the Chironomids are active and emerging from the bottom.  Chironomids vary greatly in size.  They can be as large as a #10 and as small as a #20.  Water temps usually determine what type of Chironomid that will hatch.  The picture you see here is of the Chironomid Pupa.  The pupa stage is the most common stage fly fishers imitate.  The pupa stage is the stage when the Chironomid is most vulnerable to hungry trout.

Pheasant Tail Chironomid Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #10-20 Tiemco 200R>>
Thread: Black UTC 70>>
Tail: White Antron Yarn>>
Body: Pheasant Tail>>
Rib: Copper Wire>>
Case: Pheasant Tail>>
Thorax: Peacock Herl>>
Gills: White Antron Yarn>>

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