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Pornomid Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

Pornomid Chironomid Pupa Flys

The Pornomid
Chironomid Pupa Fly

I’m not sure when the Pornomid fly was developed, or who developed it, or even if the fly I was initially shown, and to this day refer to as the pornomid, is actually in fact the pornomid, or not! What I do know is that it was the early 2000’s when I first came across it 😮 and since then whenever I’ve used it I’ve been very pleased with the results! I used to fish the pornomid regularly, but it eventually got regulated to the back of the fly box as newer patterns were being developed and tested and it just plain became forgotten. But every once in a while someone brings it up and I get back on the pornomid bandwagon. So when I just recently was reminded about it again I decided that I should get a post out on it before it once again faded out of my memory.

The original pornomid, as I know it, was tied on a scud hook, with a black bead, a glossy black(ish) body made from a strip cut from a VHS tape (I guess someone’s old porno), an iridescent red rib and a white dot on each side of the bead to represent gills. The general consensus seems to be that the red rib was made from Saltwater Crystal Flash, but some say it was Bloody Red Flash. Regardless, both are obsolete so as a substitute I have been using regular red Krystal Flash followed up with a strand of Pearl flashabou, which seems to work very well! I typically tie/fish the pornomid in size #10 suspended under an indicator. It’s a great searching chronie but also seems to work well “standing out in the crowd” when the hatch is thick!

Pornomid Material List (Original) …

Hook: Scud – #10
Bead: Black
Thread: Black
Body: VHS Tape (cut to 1/8″ strips)
Rib: Saltwater Crystal Flash – Red (or Bloody Red Flash)
Gill: Paint Marker – White

But since the rib material is no longer available my modified pornomid fly material list looks like this …

Pornomid Material List (Modified) …

Hook: Scud – #10
Bead: Black
Thread: Black
Body: VHS Tape
Rib: Krystal Flash – Red | Flashabou – Pearl
Gill: Paint Marker – White (or Uni Stretch – White … what the heck we’re already modifying & those paint dots tend to wash away soooo  🙂 )

Pornomid Tying Instructions …

  1. Place bead on hook
  2. Tie in Uni Stretch gill & whip finish
  3. Move bead to eye and start thread behind it
  4. Tie in VHS tape strip, krystal flash & flashabou
  5. Wind thread (along with tied in rib materials) to hook bend & return thread up to behind the bead (* if body taper needs adjustment use the tying thread to do so now)
  6. Wind body material up and tie off behind bead
  7. Counter wind Krystal flash and flashabou up together and tie off behind bead
  8. Whip finish
  9. Clear coat

And once that’s all done she should look something like this …….

Pornomid Fly

Now with all that out of the way let’s talk a bit about VHS tape. The first issue is that VHS tape is also no longer being made so you need to find it. Granted if you do find it one tape is more than a lifetime supply of pornomid body material! But it’s not that easy as not only do you have to find it, but you have to find it with a tape colour that works for you (that’s right the colour range seems to vary greatly!). And finally, let’s say you’ve found a VHS and its tape is an acceptable colour, well now you have to cut it into nice uniform strips as to not end up with a lumpy pornomid (that’s just not a good look on a pornomid! 😆 ). The following image illustrates an extreme difference in colour between two different VHS tapes, as well as some of the “lumpyness” that can occur when it’s not cut uniformly thin.

Pornomid VHS Tape Comparison

OK so now what? Well so now take the time to find a VHS with the right colour tape, and if/when you do take the time and cut it into nice thin even strips!

Or ……. forget about the Pornonmid and say hello to the Window Washer (hmm, pretty sure that’s the name of the movie on my pornomid VHS! 😛 )  The Window Washer Chironomid Pupa fly is a pornomid variant tied with our unique, uniformly cut, Window Tint capes. Head over to  flybuys.ca, grab your self some in 1mm Dark, and then follow the steps in the video below to spin up some easy peasy no muss no fuss instant Window Washer Pornomid style chironomid pupae flies!

Window Washer (Pornomid Variant) Tying Video …

That’s all folks! Tight lines & good times from the BC Flyguys!


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One Response to Pornomid Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

  1. mardmen says:

    I first learned about the pornomid from the crusty old guy who once owned the Powderkeg in Merritt. We had just been taught a lesson on Salmon Lake by guys who were whacking fish on “purple” chironomid patterns. We thought, ‘purple’? No way. Got to talking with Mr. Curmudgeon at the Keg and he showed us his pornomids. In truth he was extremely generous with his information and claimed to know the originator of the pattern. The ribbing was indeed red/pearl saltwater krystal flash and he actually gave us some from his personal inventory. Good luck finding that product today. He said the VHS tape had to go onto the hook shiny side down and that the rib had to go red side down. No mention of differing VHS tape colors, but most tape is purplish colored on the inside and darker and shinier on the outside. Matte black bead, black thread. Painted white eyeballs in either side of the bead. My saltwater krystal flash is so old now some of it delaminates when wrapping it but I use it anyway. Also, these days pretty much all of our chirons are coated with UV resin. A dab of UV resin over the eyeballs helps keep them
    intact. Superb fly, often works better than ‘match the hatch’ chirons. Great article!

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