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What materials will we need for Chironomid Tying Mastery on December 21st?

This has been a topic of conversation recently, and today seems like a nice day to roll out the material list for the upcoming release of Chironomid Tying Mastery.

Chironomid Tying Mastery Material List


Below is a list of the materials that we will be using for the demonstrations in this course. By no means do you need to run out and purchase all of these at once, but this will give you a good idea of what to slowly start accumulating over time if you are just getting into the world of tying chironomids.

Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC has offered all students of Chironomid Tying Mastery a 10% discount on tools and materials. Simply call (250) 860-2262 or email and mention the code “Mastery10”.


All flies in this course have been tied on a Stonfo Transformer, though any vise, rotating or not, that fits both your style of tying and your budget will suffice. The only crucial part of the equation is that the jaws of the vise are small enough to accommodate the size of hooks we will be tying on.


A few tools of note that we will be using in Chironomid Tying Mastery:

·        Ceramic Bobbins – I typically suggest having at least a few good quality bobbins, these will make a large impact on the longevity of your thread, and lead to far less frustration at the vise from broken or frayed thread.

·        Micro-Tip Scissors – Having a good pair of scissors makes tying chironomids much easier, as you can closely trim the tag ends of your thread, tinsel, static bag and all materials aside from wire (an alternative to cutting wire is explained multiple times in the course)

·        Whip Finishing Tool

·        Hackle Pliers


All chironomids for the duration of this course will be tied on Daiichi 1760 #14 (aside from one demonstration in which we tie a #10 “Bomber” pattern). Feel free to substitute for the chironomid hook of your choice, this is simply to keep everything simple an consistent throughout.


·        5/64 White

·        5/64 Black, Black Nickel, Gunmetal or Matte Black

·        5/64 Copper

Gill Material:

All flies in Chironomid Tying Mastery are tying with UNI Stretch White for the gill imitation, except for those tied with a white bead head.


All threads used in Chironomid Tying Mastery will be UTC (Ultra Thread Company) 70 denier. Recommended colours are as follows:

·        Black

·        Rusty Brown

·        Grey Brown

·        Blue Dun

·        Wine

·        Red

·        Chartreuse

·        Yellow

·        Dark Brown

·        Yellow Olive

·        Tan

·        Olive Green

·        Wood Duck


We will use a small assortment of wires in sizes x-small and small. Should you choose to stick with one size of wire that is totally fine. Colours of wire are as follows:

·        Red

·        Gold

·        Copper

·        Silver

Flashabou/Crystal Flash Tinsel:

We use a few different Flashabou and Crystal Flash (very interchangeable material due to similar width) tinsels for this course, with the primary being the original Flashabou Gunmetal #6916 v.1. Though this material has been discontinued, it is highly suggested to seek out a package as it is really a wondrous tying material for imitating the gassed-up look that pupa get when they ascend the water column. A good substitute for this tinsel is Togens Chronie Skin in the colour Blue Steel. Other colours of use in this course are as follows:

·        Brown

·        Red Holographic

·        Black

Spooled Tinsels:

While we only use one colour of spooled tinsel (black) in this course, it is definitely a great material to have at your bench for tying chironomids. We suggest exclusively using the size medium tinsels (in Ultra Thread Company sizing) in both holographic and non-holographic. Of course, we will leave you a more detailed list of suggestions in the actual course itself at the end of chapter 3.

Note: We will also incorporate the use of Smoke Buzzer Wrap in this course, though for just one pattern.

Each of these patterns will be given away on December 21, 2019. Each pre-order is an automatic entry!

Anti-Static Bag & Window Film:

Neither anti-static bag nor window tinting sheets were ever intended to be a fly tying material. However, both have found their place into the stillwater fly tying realm and will likely be here for some time. Though I am not the first to pioneer the use of either of these materials, they are definitely valuable to have in your tying kit.

Anti-static bag is available at most computer stores, and is usually discarded as it is simply a packaging material. A few quick phone calls should land you with a lifetime supply of anti-static computer packaging in your hands.

Window tint is attainable through online sources such as Alibaba, definitely request a sample prior to ordering any bulk quantities. In limited supply, window tint is often available at Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC. We will by tying with a “bronze” tinted window sheet in this course.

To cut either of these materials, first ensure there is no clear film layer on the material, then lay it flat on a hard surface such as an old glass picture frame. Next, diligently slice the material against a metal ruler (carefully) using a utility knife. Slice approximately the width of a medium-sized spooled tinsel.

Note: We will be using peacock herl for two patterns in Chironomid Tying Mastery, a small selection will be sufficient.


I have recently started using “Loctite 404”, which seems to be an extremely durable adhesive. However, your favourite resin or brushable glue will work great. 

Thank you, and I sincerely look forward to sharing this course with you!

Jordan Oelrich

Owner – Interior Fly Fishing Co. & Interior Fly Fishing Co. Learning Center

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