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Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly ... the perfect chironomid pupa & bloodworm fly pattern!

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly

Things are gettin’ a little ansy up this way! The lakes in the North Eastern region of British Columbia are seven to ten days away from being ice-off and it’s really hard reading about all the open water lake choices down in the Southern interior!

This week though I saw my first Robin and the first hint of green is showing down in the Peace Valley. I’ve been hearing geese for a couple of weeks so we’re there….right there! In the mean time I’m going to re-visit an old Kamloops area staple from years ago that might help out in these early days of Chironomiding … it’s the Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa fly and here is how I tie it …

The original wine & gold chronie pattern predates the bead craze and just had a thread head. Once beads became popular I added a gold bead but I knew soon as I opened up my shipment of fly’s and beads from Togen that I had to find a place for their Brown Magic Cool Bead. The Wine & Gold pupa was one of the first recipients and I mean how can you go wrong with a bead that has Cool and Magic in it’s name. Don’t worry about the Brown cause it just works.  🙂

I tie this up with Wine, Brown and Black thorax’s behind the bead and with each thread the bead seems to absorb some of the colour. These are very easy to tie and there aren’t a lot of steps or materials.

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly | Material List:

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly

… materials for the wine & gold pupa!

  • HOOK: Togen Emerger  10# – 16#
  • THREAD: 6/0 Wine
  • BEAD: Togen Brown Magic 3/32
  • BODY: Wine Thread
  • RIB: Fine Gold Tinsel
  • SHEEN: Locktite  404

Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly | Tying Instructions:

Step 1: Debarb hook & slip on the bead

... slip on da bead!

Step 2: Tie on your thread and tinsel just behind bead. Keep the tinsel on top of the hook and wind down over it with tight, close wraps to a point half way around the bend. Carry on with the thread for 6 more turns then double back with tight, close wraps. Wind your way back to the bead creating a slim body.

... wrap on the body!

Step 3: Wind your tinsel forward and build a head.

... winder up & tie her off!

Step 4: Add locktite. Grab another hook and repeat! 😉

Here’s the finished product in brown & black heads …….

... a brown head version of the Wine & Gold!

... a black head version of the wine & gold!

The Wine & Gold Chrinomid Pupa fly works well because it can at any given time be a chironomid pupae or bloodworm to a fish. So tie some up and go dangle them in front of some fish … maybe even one night during the Super Moon that’s happening this weekend!

Gord … FlyGuys Northern Division

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About Gord

Fly fishing the great white north! I mainly fish the lakes, rivers and streams of North Eastern B.C. for Rainbows, Lakers, Brookies, Bulltrout and Grayling.
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2 Responses to Wine & Gold Chironomid Pupa Fly

  1. Gord Eby says:

    Quick correction the original pre dates the arrival of the bead craze and had just a thread head.

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Correction edited in … sorry it took so long but better late than never right! 😉

      Just some quick feedback on the wine & gold chronie, I’ve since used it through out the cronie season, and it works just fine, but I’ve noticed that it really shines early spring (before the peak cronie hatches are in full swing) and again in late fall. Throat sample during these times have often found bloodworms in the mix so I’m thinking that the wine & gold might be pulling double duty! Would be curious as to others findings but regardless this has become one of my go to ice off patterns! Thanks again for sharing it Gord!

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