Chubby indeed! This evolved version of the Chernobyl Ant is a must for any dry fly angler. When the summer starts to warm up, out come the big bugs and the Chubby’s. A fairly simple pattern to tie and fish that will turn some heads. This is a great pattern to imitate a large variety of Stoneflies and Terrestrials. The purple version here doesn’t imitate anything directly but rather catches attention and encourages strikes.
How to fish it: Fish it solo, with a smaller dry fly trailer or when a dropper below for great success.
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The Chernobyl Ant is where it all began. When closed cell foam hit the craft stores so did fly tyers looking for a new material to make large juicy dry flies. From there the development of the Chernobyl bugs has taken off and for good reason. This simple Chernobyl Ant may not look much like a bug to our fishing eyes, but to a subsurface trout it is meaty goodness! This is a great attractor fly all on its own or with a hefty dropper fly.
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Looks like an Ant right…well maybe not but that doesn’t seem to change the fact that under the right conditions fish will go wild for it. Created by Jack Dennis and named for his daughter this one is a go to attractor pattern during the summer months.
Quite a few materials make it a slight challenge to tie but when finished it looks great!
This is a great option when throwing hopper dropper rigs as it is very buoyant and will hold up some of your heavier dropper flies.
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Created by Rick Takahashi (Tak) this is a go to still water fly pattern. It has brought me success time and time again in the past. Tied traditionally on a bronze hook the translucent body gives a look that can’t be beat when trying to match the clear tarnish shuck of the Chironomid pupae.
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