Many days are spent cruising around the lake searching for bugs. Even a small patch of mud that is putting off a half-decent emergence can be worthy of your time. What about the other end of the spectrum? The times where there are chironomids blanketing the entire water’s surface and you feel like you are fishing a needle in a haystack?
It is disheartening to think that every chironomid you see hatching is one that made it from the bottom of the lake all the way up without getting intercepted by a fish. A chironomid hatch will turn fish on, without a doubt, but at what point does it begin to work against you? Here are three techniques I lean on during a massive chironomid hatch.