Weaved Chironomid

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  • Hook: Size 8 to 12 2x long curved nymph
  • Thread: 8/0 Black
  • Weaved Body: Red and Black monocord
  • Gills: White ostrich herl
  • Thorax: Peacock herl
  • Wingcase: Pheasant tail
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Tie in a good base layer of thread.

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Tie in some red mono on one side of the hook, at the hook bend.

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Tie in some black mono on the other side of the hook, at the hook bend.

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Whip finish the thread so you can start weaving the mono.

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With the hook eye facing you, start the weave by forming a loop with both the red and black mono.

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Pull the loop slightly apart so that the red mono goes over the top of the hook and the black mono goes under the hook.

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Pull the loop tight to the bend of the hook and repeat this step until the weaved body is complete.

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Weave the body so it is about 3/4 of the hook length and then re-tie on your thread.

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Tie off the red and black mono with the thread and cut off the excess.

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Take a few strands of pheasant tail and tie it in off the front of the hook. This will be pulled back to create the wingcase later.

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Tie in one white ostrich herl and take about 3 wraps, near the eyelet, to form the gills.

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Tie in one peacock herl, behind the gills, and wrap a few times to create the thorax.

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Pull pheasant tail back over gills and thorax to form the wingcase. Whip finish behind thorax.

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This fly is very effective when fishing deeper waters (>10ft).

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Try different colors to match the hatches on your favourite lakes.