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Old 06-01-2008, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default gills on chironomids?

I know cdc, antron or dental floss are good materials for gills, but has anyone out there tried marabou? I`ve been experimenting w/ marabou on some larger patterns (14-16), but have`nt had a chance to use them yet. I would think the breathability of the marabou would be a plus- anyone have any input or tips?
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive used marabou, but it looks about the same as CDC when in the water and ties about the same. my favorite (as you mentioned already) is atron yarn. you can tie it in long (its easier to handle that way) and just trim it to length when you are done. my chronimids are fairly simple, i tie in tubing hear the bend of the hook (after applying cement), wrap it upwards towards the eye before the cement dries, tie it off well and then tie in my atron crossways for gills. over the top of the atron i will use a small (very small) amount of black ice dubbing to cover it and to form a head. i like either black or red, and also use small gold wire for ribbing (tied in before the tubing, then wrapped forward after you wrap the tube material forward.) if you dont use midge tubing you can also make a more tradional tie with red or black thread. For a more flashy type fly wrap gold or silver tinsel on the hook, and then cover it with the clear red midge tubing.

my favorite way to fish this pattern is tandem on a long leader just under the surface, retrieved very slow, or as a dropper under a large (size 16 or 14) griffith's gnat. when fished as a dropper i will cast at rises, and just let it sit. i have had most of my luck with this pattern fished very shallow in the mornings or evenings when fish are near the surface. I have also noticed most of the chronimids i have seen around this region are fairly large, (size 14 or 16) so thats the size i usually go for. Its a great stillwater pattern.
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Default Re: gills on chironomids?

I've used marabou but steer away now due to it's breaking off easily.
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Poly Yarn works for me, and flouro fiber gives off a slight blue tue like the naturals. The gills on Chirominids are small, so movement isnt much of a factor IMO, just size and color.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: gills on chironomids?

Thanx for your input guys, much appreciated! I usually just tie simple thread patterns in black, red, or olive w/ gold or silver wire for ribbing, & some ice dub for the head. I have a bunch of marabou scraps left over from tying jigs- just thought I`d use it up! What hooks are you guys using?
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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#14 200r, black bead, peacock thorax, flouro fiber or poly yarn gill tufts on either side of the bead and tail, black thread with a red rib. I'll post this pattern in the archive, works great at spinney.
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Default Re: gills on chironomids?

Just reading your title, I am thinking, what kind of question is that? Gills will hit anything.
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm still with the CDC guys. Though you are right, OtherSide --- gills do hit anything!
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: gills on chironomids?

I have a question. I like the floaty properties of CDC, but since you are trimming it to make gills, is there any advantage over antron yarn, which looks great as well.
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