Don's Fly Tying - the Antistatic Chironomid

[the Antistatic Chironomid]

What a great way to break the COVID 19 confinement, a bit of chironomid fishing at your favourite lake! I like to test most of the flies I feature on this web site and the antistatic chironomid was no exception. I recently managed a couple of days at Gardom Lake which is not far from Enderby, BC. Did the fly produce? You bet, not in an arm tiring fashion but both days garnered several good strikes with fair sized rainbows released and one kept of almost four pounds!

The key to this fly is a body wrap of semi translucent antistatic bag material. Antistatic bags are used for shipping electronic circuit cards to prevent damage from electrostatic shocks. The bag I have was obtained free of charge from a computer store. It is grey or almost a titanium colour and fairly translucent. I have read that certain chironomids somehow gather air to assist in their rise from the lake bottom to emerge from a pupa to an adult at the surface. This air intake over a period of a few days tends to give the pupa a bit of a silvery appearance and thus the advantage of the antistatic bag material wrap. Let's have a look at how I tied this chironomid.

[Gardom Lake Looking East]



I find it important to cut the antistatic bag material very thin, less than 1/16 inch if you can. Also, the strip beginning should taper to a point where you will secure it to the hook shank before making a tight wrap forward. As well, a couple of turns of the red wire rib at the tail will simulate the build up of haemoglobin during the larva's growth phase. Start by pinching the hook barb and slip a small shiny black or brown bead to the hook eye. Next tie in a length of fine red wire to the hook shank, letting it project past the bend a few inches. A tight wrap of a very thin strip of antistatic material follows, hook bend to the bead. Then make a couple of turns of the wire at the bend or tail and continue forward as a spaced rib also to the bead. If your red wire is thin, a couple of turns at the bead will help the fly to sink faster. The final step is to add a collar at the bead of thin peacock herl. A tying option is to add white gills at the bead if the trout prove to be fussy but my experience at Gardom was that this step was not necessary. Good luck and stay safe from the virus!

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