Category Archives: Chironomid Nymphs



Bloodworm  The Bloodworm is used mostly from the bank as a point-fly, but it also works well in the shallow bays from an anchored boat. Slow and deep is the method so the nymph ‘crawls’ along the bottom. Many trout I have caught, usually in the summer months have had their stomachs crammed full of bloodworms. It often helps to spoon the fish to see exactly what they are feeding on. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 […]

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Carnhills Buzzer

carnhills buzzer

Carnill’s Buzzer  Carnhills buzzer was tied by one of the best fly-dressers in the UK, undeniably Bob Carnhill. When a new black streak flat shooting-head nylon came out he tied probably some of the most realistic representations of the hatching buzzer that has been seen to this day. They work exceptionally well when fished high in the surface film to nymphing trout. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 or 10, medium-shank bronze. Tying Silk: Black Tail: Wite-nylon […]

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Claret Hatching Midge

claret hatching midge

Claret Hatching Midge  This is a Bob Church Claret hatching midge pattern which he used back in the 1960’s when he used to witness good evening rises to the buzzer at Grafham water. At the time he found that claret was a killer colour so decided to tie this particular pattern . To give the nymph more movement on the slow retrieve he used a full circular hackle. This made for a better imitation of the natural […]

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Footballer  The Footballer is an excellent early season imitator of the black chironomid, a pattern devised by Geoffrey Bucknall. Good results are usually achieved fishing the Footballer close to the surface, casting it just in front of the cruising fish. It is important that the leader is greased to witin six inches of the nymph when using this style. Dressing   Hook: Size 14, 12 or 10. Tying Silk: Black. Body: Black floss, ribbed with a strand of […]

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Green Suspender Nymph

green suspender nymph

Green Suspender Nymph  This Suspender buzzer, the Green suspender nymph can be tied in whatever colour you choose to make a complete range. It is a John Goddard Classic. Some very good catches have been made when using a team of these nymphs when fished from a boat. The suspender buzzer is at its best when fish are taking nymphs high in the water. Allow the breeze to fish the nymphs for you. The takes are confident […]

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Hatching Green Pupa

hatching green pupa

Hatching Green Pupa  The Hatching green pupa is good when it is hot and sunny. When you have flat calm conditions on a reservoir and you find things are quiet on top and very little doing down low, keep an eye out for bright green very small chironomids. It never usually seems to be a big hatch since these species are rarer than others, but when this does occur, fish this pattern slowly through the surface on […]

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Hatching Orange Pupa

hatching orange pupa

Hatching Orange Pupa  The Hatching Orange Pupa. This nymph shows the correct shape of a chironomid about to hatch, so my advice is to fish it high in the water as the water begins to warm up during early May. Orange is not as unusual a colour for a nymph as you might think. Most pupae momentarily display a bright colour during that split-second before they hatch. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 or 10. Tying Silk: […]

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Mole Nymph

mole nymph

Mole Nymph  The Mole Nymph is one of these simple, sparse patterns, It catches plenty of trout and is especially good in a buzzer rise. It also works well when fish are well up in the surface area.   Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 or 10 medium shank bronze. Tying silk: Black Body: Dubbed Mole fur, built up into a carrot-shape and thickening towards the head. Thorax: One turn of dark grey Ostrich herl. Head: Black […]

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