I wrote a post about Chubby Chernobyl fly patterns flies a couple of years ago. Did you read it? This is the time of year when you should have them in you fly box and another opportunity for me to tout how effective Chubby Chernobyl flies can be.
For some reason, the Chubby Chernobyl is a great imitation for the Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies hatching right now. I remember seeing this fly many years ago and saying to myself “you’ve got to be kidding”! Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the fly’s success.
The Chernobyl Ant was made famous by Jack Dennis during the Jackson Hole 1-Fly Contest several years ago. Needless to say, it was so successful at catching fish, the fly pattern quickly spread.
As with many fly patterns, “variants” is a different word for someone saying “I’ve got an idea – if I add some dubbing to the fly…” and behold, another fly pattern is born.
So tie these up using orange bodies to imitate Salmonflies or golden orange to imitate the Golden Stoneflies. And don’t forget how effective a purple Chubby Chernobyl can be. Why? I have no clue…just don’t leave home without them! (Be sure to read my Purple Flies post.)
Other effective Chubby Chernobyl flies can be tied to imitate hoppers as well. Just change the body color using shades of tan and yellow. Hoppers begin small and grow throughout the season, so tie them in different hook sizes.
Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies are out in force. I hope you find out how effective Chubby Chernobyl flies can be. I think I better sit down at the fly tying vise and tie up a few more!