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STILLWATER FLY FISHING SECRETS (Janssen): pretty new, pretty pricey ($50), but a lot of more in depth material. Janssen fishes very light (2-3 wt) fiberglass rods with loooonggg leaders, at least 12' and sometime much longer. I's say this if more for intermediate to advanced stillwater fishermen.

- "Chromie" Stillwater Fly Pattern tied by Brian Chan Originally by Phil Rowley - Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets and Phil Rowley's 18 Killer Stillwater Fly Patterns


Title: Fly Tying 3 Chromie (Right).

Text: Chromie Chironomid Pupa.

Hook: Caddis/Shrimp Hook #14 To 6
Thread: Black 8/0 Pre-Waxed Gills White Dazzleaire Fibres
Bead: Black Metal X-Small To Medium
Body: Medium Silver Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Fine Red Holographic Tinsel
Thorax: Peacock Herl.

The “Chromie” Stillwater Trout Fly Pattern Tied by Brian Chan and Phil Rowley
for Stillwater Fly Fishing.
Very effective chironomid imitation.

Step 1: I'm using number 8/0 pre-waxed tying thread on a number 12 curved shrimp pupa hook. It can range in size from 14 to number 6.

Step 2: The gills of this fly will be white dazzleaire fibres tied in just at the eye of the hook. Now we have to finish the fly off at this point using the whip finisher in order to prep us for our next stage.

Step 3: We'll slip on an extra small black metal bead snugged up as far as we can.

Step 4: We're going to re-tie our tying thread in place and form a foundation for the rest of the fly.

How far down the back of the fly will you go on this?

We're going to take our tying thread about halfway down the bend of the hook. Step 5: We're going to take a length of fine red holographic tinsel tied in at the bend which will form the rib of the fly.

Step 6: I've tied in a piece of silver holographic tinsel which will form the body of the fly.

Do you build this up at all, or does it just wrap it on in one layer?

Just wrap it on in one layer. It's a fairly slender fly and the silver holographic tinsel really adds a lot of flash to the fly.

What does it represent? We're trying to represent the gas that's trapped within the cuticle of the thorax and the abdomen of the chironomid pupa, just before it emerges they get very shiny in appearance.

Step 7: We'll take our fine red holographic tinsel and form a rib up through the body of the fly.

How many ribs do you actually want to put into one of these?

I want seven to nine ribs through the body. We want it fairly prominent.
Is red the perfect color? Red's very common, very common ribbing color in real chironomid pupa.

Step 8: We'll take a single strand of peacock herl to build a little thorax behind the black metal bead, and then we'll take our tying thread, wind through the peacock herl to cinch it down.

Step 9: And then we use a whip finisher to finish the fly off just behind the bead.

Do you tie over the peacock herl at all? Just when we're initially tying it on. And then we'll take our scissors and we'll trim the gills and make them just short enough. And here's the finished Chromie Chironomid Pupa pattern.

This time we’ll look at Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets by Hal Janssen

  • Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets :
  • Welcome to Phil Rowley and Brian Chan's Stillwater Fly Fishing Store

    Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets
    Brian Chan gives you a short intro into the aquatic insect signs he looks for when fly fishing for trout on Stillwaters. This intro leads into 3 other video's on Chironomid fishing.

    Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets and Phil Rowley's 18 Killer Stillwater Fly Patterns

    - "Chromie" Stillwater Fly Pattern tied by Brian Chan Originally by Phil Rowley - Stillwater Fly Fishing Secrets and Phil Rowley's 18 Killer Stillwater Fly Patterns


    Title: Fly Tying 3 Chromie (Right).

    Text: Chromie Chironomid Pupa.

    Hook: Caddis/Shrimp Hook #14 To 6
    Thread: Black 8/0 Pre-Waxed Gills White Dazzleaire Fibres
    Bead: Black Metal X-Small To Medium
    Body: Medium Silver Holographic Tinsel
    Rib: Fine Red Holographic Tinsel
    Thorax: Peacock Herl.

    The “Chromie” Stillwater Trout Fly Pattern Tied by Brian Chan and Phil Rowley
    for Stillwater Fly Fishing.
    Very effective chironomid imitation.

    Step 1: I'm using number 8/0 pre-waxed tying thread on a number 12 curved shrimp pupa hook. It can range in size from 14 to number 6.

    Step 2: The gills of this fly will be white dazzleaire fibres tied in just at the eye of the hook. Now we have to finish the fly off at this point using the whip finisher in order to prep us for our next stage.

    Step 3: We'll slip on an extra small black metal bead snugged up as far as we can.

    Step 4: We're going to re-tie our tying thread in place and form a foundation for the rest of the fly.

    How far down the back of the fly will you go on this?

    We're going to take our tying thread about halfway down the bend of the hook. Step 5: We're going to take a length of fine red holographic tinsel tied in at the bend which will form the rib of the fly.

    Step 6: I've tied in a piece of silver holographic tinsel which will form the body of the fly.

    Do you build this up at all, or does it just wrap it on in one layer?

    Just wrap it on in one layer. It's a fairly slender fly and the silver holographic tinsel really adds a lot of flash to the fly.

    What does it represent? We're trying to represent the gas that's trapped within the cuticle of the thorax and the abdomen of the chironomid pupa, just before it emerges they get very shiny in appearance.

    Step 7: We'll take our fine red holographic tinsel and form a rib up through the body of the fly.

    How many ribs do you actually want to put into one of these?

    I want seven to nine ribs through the body. We want it fairly prominent.
    Is red the perfect color? Red's very common, very common ribbing color in real chironomid pupa.

    Step 8: We'll take a single strand of peacock herl to build a little thorax behind the black metal bead, and then we'll take our tying thread, wind through the peacock herl to cinch it down.

    Step 9: And then we use a whip finisher to finish the fly off just behind the bead.

    Do you tie over the peacock herl at all? Just when we're initially tying it on. And then we'll take our scissors and we'll trim the gills and make them just short enough. And here's the finished Chromie Chironomid Pupa pattern.