Chan's Chironomid

Created by Brian Chan


Imitates the pupal form of a midge. Although midges are usually associated with lake fishing, hatches are also common in many rivers. That "mystery" hatch you've experienced at dusk on your favorite river may be a midge hatch.

There are a lot of midge pupa patterns out there, and most of them work well. I favor this one from stillwater guru Brian Chan because it is simple and looks like the real thing.


Vary the hook size and body color to match the natural insects. Common body colors are: black, gray, gray-olive, red, tan, dark brown.

You might try a slightly orange-er color for the wingcase.

The desert lakes of eastern Oregon (and especially Washington) get a spring hatch of mega-midges that are matched with black-bodied, size 10-12 pupa patterns. If you don't have flies in that color and size, you will find yourself very frustrated.

How to Fish

In lakes, use the static midge deep midge or slow retrieve presentations. On rivers, use the shallow nymph presentation.



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HOOK: 2X heavy, 2X short curved shank, turned-down eye; e.g. TMC 2457 or equivalent. Sizes 16-22

THREAD: To match body

TAIL: White poly yarn

RIBBING: Fine silver tinsel

BODY: Thread

WINGCASE: Pheasant tail fibers

THORAX: Peacock herl

HEAD GILLS: White poly yarn