by Paul Egan
This will be my last fly of the month article for awhile. Bill Carnazzo will be resuming the duties of writing the monthly Fly Tyer’s Corner article again in January. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be of service to the club. Bill has some busy months in the summer time and has asked me to write the article if he gets too tied up.
I thought it would be fitting to tie a Christmas Tree for this month’s fly. This is a Chironomid midge, and it has all of the Christmas colors: red, silver, gold, white, and Peacock (green). The other thing that goes hand in hand with the holidays is eating, and it seems that fish think this fly is pumpkin pie. They eat these tiny little morsels the same way I scarf down dessert - one after another. Then that equals gifts of tipped indicators, bent rods, tight lines and, pictures with smiles.
I first saw this fly at a shop in Salt Lake City. I was asking, “What fly do I use now that it is snowing and there are no hatches?” The guide in the shop said “NO HATCHES? What do you mean? Didn’t you see all the midges last time you were out?”
He then explained that the clouds of little tiny bugs I could hardly see were the dinner bell for small and large trout alike. He told me next that the trout were most likely eating the larvae, and he handed me a Christmas Tree. It being close to Christmas, and me being a past gear fisherman, I was thinking this was another fisherman lure with red, green, silver, and gold just before Christmas!
Well, needing all the help I could get, I bought one, a size 20, and took it to the river and tied it on a 2# tippet. I greased my leader to within 4 in. of the fly, made two casts, and hooked up and lost the fly on a fairly large brown. When done fishing for that day I went to the shop and bought all of the materials to tie some more. This is a great fly for the Provo River in the winter and I have heard and read that it is used around here in still water situations.
This fly is a simple tie. I hope everyone gets one done for the meeting in January.