The Teddy Chironomid
One of our good friends, Ted McDonald, uses one chironomid and one ONLY… the classic Black and Red snow cone. He’s been able to catch fish in every BC lake he fishes with this one fly, so we’ve named it the Teddy. Works great under an indicator or fished naturally without an indictor in lakes.
Don’s Number 1 Chironomid (Size 12)
This chironomid pattern has proven, over the years, to be one of the best early season lake patterns and Don’s personal favourite. It has all the colors and flash needed to catch those finicky trout and works great in slightly deeper water (>10 feet). Best used with a strike indicator, in May and early June, off the edge of shoals.
Don’s Tricked Out Chironomid (Size 12)
Don’s Tricked Out Chromie is a chironomid pattern that has been designed to fish in deeper water (>15 feet). The UV color of this pattern really shines in deeper water and works great when the fish are staying deep and not coming onto the shallow water shoals. Best fished with 15 to 20 foot leaders with or without an indicator or straight down using a full sink line.
Don’s Gunslinger Chironomid (Size 12)
Don’s Gunslinger is a chironomid pattern that does it all! This pattern has caught fish in shallow and deep water and is probably the best all-around chironomid pattern we have ever used. Best used with a strike indicator in shallow water or long leaders, without an indicator, in deeper waters (naked).
Don’s Purple Dream
Don created this pattern to imitate the darker, larger mayfly nymphs he noticed in some BC lakes and rivers. These darker mayflies looked purple when reflecting light under 4 feet of water and are very effective in murky water. Best fished on a sinking line with slow, short strips.
Malcom’s Green Back Chironomid
One of Malcolm Ruddick’s favourite chironomid patterns! He finally disclosed this pattern to Dale after kicking his butt chironomid fishing many times, using this pattern. Best fished as any other chironomid pattern, on an indicator or naturally.