Fly Fishing – Fly Patterns

Bead Head Chironomid

Hook: 14-10 TMC 2457 Scud Hooks
Thread: 8/0 black thread
Body: Black super floss
Rib: Thin silver, gold, or copper wire
Thorax: Peacock herl
Head: Drilled Taper Copper or Black bead
Gills: White Z-lon
Note: Can be tied in many colors such as black, olive, maroon, brown, lime, red, tan, and even orange. Bead head, helps you get to the desired depth, quickly.

Tying Instructions:

  • Before placing the fly in your vice, pinch barb, and slide bead on to the hook and up to the eye of the hook. Make sure the side of the bead with the larger hole is facing the eye of the hook.
  • Place hook in vice, and push the bead back. Secure thread just before the eye of the hook. Tie in Z-lon at the eye of the hook, extending out over the eye of the hook. Next trim the Z-lon to desired length, whip finish and trim your thread, and slide bead head up to the eye of the hook.
  • Re-attach thread, on other side of the hook and tie in one strand of superfloss and one strand of thin wire near the end of the hook where the body of the fly should begin.
  • Wrap the superfloss along the shank of the hook. Make the wraps as tight as possible with a slight taper.
  • Tie off superfloss, just before the bead and then wrap the wire ribbing over the superfloss, try to keep spaces between wraps even.
  • Tie in a strand of peacock herl just before the bead head, make 2 or 3 wraps. Secure with thread, trim peacock herl, and whip finish.