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I am in the process of streamlining my chroni box into just a few patterns instead of a hodge podge of all sorts of different designs.So, i was wondering what do you guys use for chironomid patterns. I have settled on the most common sizes in my area and a few common colors but i was wondering what "style" do you use(ie: ice cream cone with the white bead or gold or silvers beads with white gills etc.)
thanx for any help,

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I am in the process of streamlining my chroni box into just a few patterns instead of a hodge podge of all sorts of different designs.So, i was wondering what do you guys use for chironomid patterns. I have settled on the most common sizes in my area and a few common colors but i was wondering what "style" do you use(ie: ice cream cone with the white bead or gold or silvers beads with white gills etc.)
thanx for any help,

Brian
size seems to matter so 4 of each of a few I like depending where I am in 12 to 14 usually.

-green thread body with small red wire rib, peacock herl head and white ostrich gills or just a white bead with a tiny sprig of white antron at the eye,
-green liquid lace body tied similar to the Ultimate but green in place of red, black scud material for case, white antron gills
-black with silver rib and white bead or silver bead, peacock herl throrax no wing case, tiny sprig of white antron for gills at the eye
-silver tinsel with black bead, red saltwater flashabou or red wire for the rib, peacock herl thorax
-pornomids from size 16 to 10
-red liquid lace body as the green one above

those are the main ones but have added some bronze and copper flashabou ones as well, that are covered with reddish brown stretchflex and red wire rib wit a white or copper bead, then coated with brushable superglue by Locktite.

Cannot forget larvae too. Red, purple and green liquid lace size 16 to 12 tmc 200R thread bump for head, either split liquid lace for rear or red marabou
 

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thanks for the info nebc. it will really help me streamline my stillwater box. i am going with mostly size 12's in olives, browns and blacks. i was undecided on beads and ribs colors and your input will help, thanks again.

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instead of streamiling a box just buy a new box entirely JUST for chironimods. I did that at the beginning of this season and filled it right away but i cut, slit and glued more foam into it so now it holds close to 600 flies and its getting pretty full again LOL
 

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I use one box for chronies, micro leeches and boatmen. I side for chronies and the others on the other side. I have about 120 chronies in that box, which I am not going to down size. However, if I were to down size I would have Chromies, Black/red rib, Black/silver rib, Ice cream cone, Olive/ gold/silver rib and all Brown. I would have them 3 sizes from 12 to 16, some with white beads and some with black beads and 6 of each. This about the least that I could go with. If I were forced to fish with the absolute minimum I would have 2 chromies, 2 black/ red rib and 2 black/silver rib in #14. and 2 bloodworms.
 

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I am in the process of streamlining my chroni box into just a few patterns instead of a hodge podge of all sorts of different designs.So, i was wondering what do you guys use for chironomid patterns. I have settled on the most common sizes in my area and a few common colors but i was wondering what "style" do you use(ie: ice cream cone with the white bead or gold or silvers beads with white gills etc.)
thanx for any help,

Brian
Dude, you live in Logan Lake! Don't streamline......expand! No black beads? No copper beads?
 

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I only wanted to streamline 'cause I already have too many and it makes choosing one to use a bit of a dilema. I mean, how many do ya really need. I have been out alot this year and have done well so far and I think I only got a few on the chroni's. with the mayflies and damsel coming off and the sedges soon to follow, why bother with chironmids?
thanx again for the input guys,

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I suppose that one should take the tactic of using one or more go to type flies, find what the fish are feeding on, and hopefully you would have organised your fly boxes according to how you would best respond, to match to what is seen to be needed. I admit that from time to time things get cluttered in my boxes...however the basic organization idea is still there...and I most times am able to find something to try with minimal effort. i found it far tougher to organize wet flies and nymphs than chironomids.

Those I laid out in this thread above are just the chironomids but at times, for some lakes I may begin with a micro leech - a blood leech body sized 12 to 14 with red bead head tied on a Daiichi 1760 hook before moving on to trying something else. Other times a Doc Sprately...or...if as sometimes happens, I just stick with the leech that is working.
 
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