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Bead Head Chironomid Pupa Bead Head Chironomid Pupa
Price: $2.25
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 1180 -

Often referred to as a snow-cone because of the pearl white bead used to add weight and to simulate the white gills of a midge pupa. This is one of the simplest of all flies to tie, but often not tied that well. Because of the simplicity, beginning tyers are broken-in on this fly. That is not the case here. These flies are tied to be authentic for color, and tied for durability as well. These flies cover the gambit of sizes that occur in the natural world, and are a necessity in any fly box...

Bead Head Chrome Chironomid Bead Head Chrome Chironomid
Price: $2.75
Availability: In Stock
Item #: MDE0 -

At one time labeled as: "Premium Skunk Repellent," the Idyl's Chrome Chironomid is one of those fly patterns that wasn't designed to match any hatch. Yet, it was designed to match hatches of many hatches of Chironomids. As the real critters hatch they become very shiny. The Chrome Chironomid is kind of goofy looking, but not when stuck in a trout's jaw. They work.

Stalcups Chironomid Stalcups Chironomid
Price: $1.95
Availability: In Stock
Item #: SC053 -

Chironomids are non-biting cousins of mosquitoes, which are prominent in most lakes, worldwide. Possibly as many as 10,000 species exist. As such, chironomids are a natural food source for many species of fish, including trout, bass, and sunfish. In Europe and North America, they are a favorite topic for fly tyers and fly anglers, especially the ones who fish for trout in cold lakes. Because of their diversity, chironomids hatch nearly every day almost everywhere there is standing water. They...

Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra Midge
Price: $2.25
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 1189 -

Midges and Chironomids


Midges and Chironomids are mosquito-like insects that inhabit every watershed that will support trout. They are the most widely dispersed aquatic insect genera. In many lakes and slower streams huge populations of these insects make them the most prolific food source for trout, bass and pan fish. In many alkaline lakes, double digit trout and larger than average bass and blue gills will selectively feed on midge pupae because of their easy availability. Midge feeding activity is most prevalent during spring and fall on most lakes, but can be year around on many lakes and streams.

Unlike most aquatic insects, which adopt a horizontal attitude when going about their normal business, chironomid pupae are suspended vertically in the water column. This is an important key to fish. A fly that rides horizontally can't look or act like a chironomid pupa.

Midges hatch year round and are most important to the trout fisherman during periods when hatches of other aquatic insects are light, such as late fall, winter and early spring. Midges can be active during all parts of the day, but by and large they like the warmer periods of the day during the cold months and the cooler parts of the day during the warm months.

The flies listed in our selection will cover most of the chironomid activity that you will encounter.
Click the links above for information on the individual fly patterns and their uses.