Maroon Beadhead Chironomid
Hook: TMC 2457 Size 12 Scud
Thread: 8/0 Maroon
Tag: Red Copper Wire
Body: Maroon Frostbite
Rib: Red Copper Wire
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Bead: 1/8 Silver Tungsten
Gills: White Antron
Tie on thread near eyelet.
Tie in a small clump of antron, about 1/8" long, for the gills (do not trim).
Whip finish thread, take the hook from the vise and slide a bead onto hook with the large hole of bead towards the eyelet.
Tie thread on again and build up a tapered body so the bead does not slide.
Tie in copper wire at the hook bend, for ribbing later.
Tie in frostbite and wrap forward to form a tapered, thin body.
Take 3 to 4 turns, with the red copper wire, around the base of the hook to form a butt on the fly.
Wrap red copper wire forward on hook to form 5 to 6 ribs on the fly.
Tie in one strand of peacock herl behind the bead and take 3 to 4 turns to form a small thorax on the fly.
Whip finish and cut the gills so they are about 1/8" long.
The fly is now ready for the spring chironomid hatches.