My Favourite Materials for “Gunmetal” Chironomid Bodies
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My Favourite Materials for “Gunmetal” Chironomid Bodies

Experimenting with new tying materials became an obsession of mine a long time ago.  I wish I were kidding when I say I have tied a mayfly nymph from by dubbing the cream coloured hair of a Pomeranian, or used tinfoil as a chironomid body on a camping trip upon running out of proper tinsel.

It’s no secret that anti-static bag used to package computer parts has become the dominant material for chironomid bodies in the last decade, but when a co-worker of mine began experimenting with window tinting sheet I knew I had to try it.  I got my hands on every possible shade of this window film & began tying feverishly.

It wasn’t until last year I stumbled across this combination using UTC 70 Black thread & a bronze shade of window film.  I had never been able to successfully use this bronze tint, but when coupled with black thread you will find it takes on a very true-to-form gunmetal colour once it has been glued.

This fly has yielded some of the best days of chironomid fishing I’ve ever had, if I could pick one single chironomid to fish for the rest of my life this would be it.

NOTE:  The reason I am sharing this is because a) nobody introduced me to this combo of bronze window tint and black thread b) I don’t believe anything negative comes from sharing a fly pattern. Enjoy. 

If you have any questions on this pattern or any pattern feel free to drop me an email!

 

5 Responses

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    Kevin Ayers
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    Where do you get this window tint?

    Ill trade you some static bag for window tint…..hahaha!!!!

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    Gary M Weglarz
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    Trying to figure out exactly “what” this window tint is marketed as. Can you provide anymore information on this.

    • Jordan Oelrich
      Jordan Oelrich
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      Hi Gary, Trout Waters in Kelowna carries this product!

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    Gary Weglarz
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    Thanks Jordan. I came across some reasonably priced anti-static bags on the web and they’ve worked really well. Looking forward to trying these anti-static bag chironomid patterns this season – if we can ever get off of virus lock-down here in California.

    • Jordan Oelrich
      Jordan Oelrich
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      Thanks for the comment Gary, ASB is such a fantastic pattern for imitating pupa that are climbing the water column. Stay safe and stay healthy!

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