The art of chironomid fishing with the use or assistance of strike indicators
Have you ever tried fishing chironomids with nothing more than a floating line and a long leader, with no fluorescent bobber floating in front of you to let you know when a fish has picked up your fly?
Though it can feel quite foreign at first, naked line fishing chironomids is a highly effective tactic that actually has potential to out-perform the indicator to a great degree in the right circumstances.
I can distinctly remember the first experience that I had with naked line chironomid fishing, and how it sold me on this exciting method almost instantly. There is something exhilarating about feeling the fly line jump out of your hands halfway through the retrieve.
In this episode of the Interior Fly Fishing Co. Podcast, we discuss the foundations of fishing chironomids with a naked line. Whether you have never tried this method before, or have tried it and have only been lead to uncertainty and frustration, this is a valuable technique to have in your repertoire for the upcoming season.
Speaking of the upcoming season!
Late in 2019, as my wife and I closed the deal on our first home and awaited the arrival of our second child, I made the decision to step away from full-time guiding after the month of May, 2020. This decision was backed by a multitude of factors, with the primary driver being the fact that I want to spend more time showing my kids all of the fun things life has to offer (and open my own life coaching practice!).
Does this mean I’m getting out of fly fishing altogether? NO! I am excited to be able to focus more time and energy on projects that are going to be able to serve more people and create a greater impact on the sport of fly fishing.
The first project that I began drafting was a 6-week coaching program titled Stillwater Success, which would allow me to share the most vital pieces of knowledge and information I have accumulated in the last 10+ years of relentlessly studying the art of stillwater fly fishing.
This course includes the following:
- 6x 90-Minute video coaching sessions over a 6-week period
- 1x 60-Minute 1-on-1 Q&A Session
- Weekly journals and worksheets
- Access to a private Facebook group to stay up to date and discuss new tactics, techniques and patterns.
Stillwater Success begins on March 3rd. We are taking a small number of committed students for this course, application for enrolment is open now. You can find more details by clicking here to head to the Stillwater Success webpage.