Pat Dorsey's Hot Fly - January 2011 - Chironoflash Midge Pupa
An amazing fly that was introduced to me by Steve Parrott in early 2009 that has proven itself time and time again in some really tough conditions on the South Platte. This fly is really simple yet effective for fooling large trout in Chesman Canyon and on the "Dream Stream". Fish will swim out of their way to eat this fly when nothing else is working!!!
Tied originally as a midge pattern, it works great when the smaller Baetis are hatching as well because it has the right color combination and the addition of flash looks like the gas bubble of an emerging insect.
Originally developed by Steve for the South Holston River in Eastern Tennessee where the trout are large and a real pain to catch at times. This pattern worked its magic on the East Coast and is doing the same here in Colorado.
This is a must have in my fly box and should be in yours too!!!
Hook- Tiemco 2488 - #20 - 24Thread - Uni 8/0 - Rusty DunBody - Olive Brown Micro TubingFlash - Micro Pearl FlashabouWing Pad - Medallion Sheeting - Dark DunThorax - Superfine Dubbing - Adams Gray
1 - Place hook in vise and wrap thread back slightly down the bend of the hook and then bring thread back equal to the hook point
2 - Take a section of the micro tubing and cut the end at an angle and tie in with a couple of securing wraps. Now stretch the material as you wrap back to where you finished the thread in step 1 and then bring the thread back up to just behind the eye
3 - Wrap Micro Tubing forward making sure there are no gaps between the wraps and tie of a little behind the eye
4 - Take a strand of Micro Pearl Flashabou and tie in about 1/4 back from the eye leaving enough room to form the thorax
5 - Wrap Micro Pearl Flashabou around the hook shank 3 to 4 times right on top of each other and secure with thread
6 - Take a small piece of Medallion Sheeting and tie in where you secured the Micro Pearl Flashabou making sure not to cover it up. You can pull the Medallion Sheeting forward to see how it will look before moving on to the next step. You want the Medallion Sheeting to start to bend forward right at the Micro Pearl Flashabou
7 - Dub a small thorax with the Adams Gray Superfine dubbing. Make sure to leave room at the eye for the final step
8 - Pull the Medallion Sheeting over the top of the thorax and secure at the eye and whip finish
This fly will work best in the Spring and Fall when both midges and Baetis are present in the water. Fish this on a standard indicator set-up as the bottom fly with another midge or Baetis pattern on the top. You can run this along the bottom with alot of weight or keep it up in the water column by removing weight which is ultimately determined by the fishes preferred feeding zone.