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Jumbo Juju Chironomid


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Pattern Description
The mountains have been getting hammered with snow this winter, and thus, our run-off is going to go on for awhile this year. We are lucky to have so many great reservoirs and lakes nearby. These Stillwaters will become welcome additions to your fishing arsenal this spring, trust me. Chironomids make up over 70% of a Stillwater trouts diet. Looking out for your best interests, as I always am, led me to the Jumbo Juju. This pattern imitates the big midges (chironomids) found in large lakes and reservoirs. Chirinomids are very similar to our familiar river midges, but are much larger. Sporting gill tufts and longer bodies, these midges pupate and make their trip to the surface each day throughout the spring, summer and fall. Trout key on this emergence and feed voraciously on the emerging midges. Chironomids are best fished under a yarn or Thill indicator with a pair of midges hanging at a depth just over the weedbeds. This can mean fishing from two to twenty feet deep, and makes for some very exciting fishing when the bite is on. When the bite is off, on the other hand, this method is very much like bait fishing, complete with lawn chairs and beer. We do what we gotta do...
Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 2302 #10-16............ Bead: Spirit River Hot Bead, Pearl White sized to hook...................... Weight: Lead Wire, sized to hook............. Thread: 70 Denier UTC White for abdomen, 8/0 black UNI for thorax.................... Tag: White Tying Thread........................ Abdomen: Super Hair, Two strands Orange, three strands Brown or colors to suit hatches.......................... Flashback: Holographic Silver Tinsel................... Wingcase: Black Thinskin................... Gills: White McFlyFoam.................... Thorax: Olive Brown or Black Peacock Ice Dubbing....................................... Coating: Five-Minute Epoxy or Loon UV Knot Sense...................
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Place bead on the hook and slide it up to the hook eye. charlie's flybox
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Wrap six turns of lead wire on the shank behind the bead. charlie's flybox
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Slide the lead wire wraps up into the back of the bead at the front of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Start the white tying thread behind the lead wraps and build a tapered thread base up onto the lead from the bare shank. Continue back with the thread base to the bend of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Build a small nub of thread at the bend of the hook for the tag. This tag will keep the Super Hair from sliding back as well as imitate the red butt of the natural once we color it with a marker later. charlie's flybox
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Tie in two strands of orange Super Hair at the back edge of the lead wraps along the near side of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Tie in three more strands of brown Super Hair next to the orange Super Hair. You want these two bunches to be tied in separately, so that they are easier to wrap in the coming steps. charlie's flybox
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Pull the two bunches of Super Hair back to the rear of the hook, keeping them separated, while wrapping over them to the bend of the hook. Try to make the thread underbody as smooth as possible. charlie's flybox
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Complete the tie down and thread underbody with the bobbin hanging at the back of the lead wire wraps. charlie's flybox
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Pull all five strands of Super Hair tight to the rear of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Begin wrapping all five strands of Super Hair forward at the same time. Keep the strands flat like a ribbon as you go, forming the variegated body shown here. charlie's flybox
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Tie all of the Super Hair strands off at the back edge of the lead wraps with a few tight turns of thread. Clip the excess Super Hair here. charlie's flybox
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Whip finish the white thread and clip. charlie's flybox
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Start the black tying thread right over the white thread tie off at the back of the lead wraps. Make a couple turns of thread back over the front edge of the abdomen. charlie's flybox
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Tie in a single strand of Holographic Silver Flashabou on top of the black thread tie down. Make certain this strip is centered on the top of the hook shank. Wrap back over the flash to the front of the abdomen. charlie's flybox
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Cut a strip of black Thinskin that is about 2/3 as wide as the gap of the hook. Tie this in on top of the flash as shown. charlie's flybox
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Move the thread forward to just behind the bead. Separate a thin strand of white McFlyFoam from the clump and tie it in at the back edge of the bead like a set of spinner wings. You want the McFlyFoam to stick out the sides of the fly, perpendicular to the hook shank. charlie's flybox
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Dub the thread with a thin layer of Ice Dubbing and begin wrapping it at the base of the Thinskin wingcase. Wrap forward to the back of the white gills. charlie's flybox
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Continue the dubbing up to and in front of the white McFlyFoam gills to just behind the bead. charlie's flybox
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Pull the Thinskin wingcase over the top of the thorax dubbing and tie it down tightly between the gills and the bead. charlie's flybox
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Top View of wingcase tie down. charlie's flybox
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Pull the Flashabou over the top of the Thinskin, making sure to keep it centered, and tie it down right behind the bead. charlie's flybox
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Build a small thread head and whip finish at the back edge of the bead. charlie's flybox
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Trim the McFlyFoam gills into short tufts. Do not stretch the foam when you cut it, as it will end up much shorter than you want. Consider yourself warned... charlie's flybox
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Use a red marker to color the butt end of the fly making a red butt. Place a drop of either UV Knot Sense or five-minute epoxy over the top of the wingcase and smear it all the way back over the butt along the top side of the fly. The coating should be relatively thin over the Super Hair and thicken as it gets to the wingcase. Hit the fly with sunshine or a UV light if you used Knot Sense, or just wait a few minutes for it to dry if you used epoxy. Do I have to explain everything? ;-) charlie's flybox
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Finished fly, side view. charlie's flybox
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Finished Fly, top quarter view. charlie's flybox
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Finished fly, bottom view. charlie's flybox
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Red Jumbo Juju. Tied with three strands of red Super Hair and two strands dark brown, black peacock Ice Dubbing for the thorax, all other parts the same as above. charlie's flybox
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Black Jumbo Juju. Three black and two white Super Hairs, Black peacock Ice Dub Thorax. charlie's flybox
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Olive Jumbo Juju. Three olive and one black Super Hairs, Black Peacock Ice Dub Thorax. charlie's flybox
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Brown Jumbo Juju, Three dark brown and two black Super Hairs, black peacock Ice Dub thorax. charlie's flybox
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