butter-belly Ben

is a funny little guy that stops by TLC headquarters once in a while. he doesn’t have much to say and I don’t understand his sign language and he doesn’t understand English or French or my own sign language.

we do however play ‘show me yours and I’ll show you mine’ so I pull up my t-shirt and show him my belly, Ben in turn does the same. I’m not sure what he gets out of our little exchange but I get to observe all his little details and not just groove on how cool looking my little friend is but also get to figure out what can make a great adult chironomid imitation and all that seen from below, the fish’s point of view. it’s a pretty good deal, I like this game.

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“This fly has guts”

the Gutbomb Bloodworm, a chironomid larva pattern by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food

a lot of high quality tying step-by-steps and videos have been coming out in the recent weeks and to start off a selection of the best, today’s little gem certainly has the required qualities we’d expect from a midge larvae: the curvy shape, size, slim profile and what maybe most tiers neglect and to me what really makes or breaks the effectiveness of these imitations: translucency, meaning that not only we and the fish can see what’s inside the bug but that light is seen coming through the bug by the fish looking up at it through the water column on their squigly-wiggly way to the surface.

“In my way of thinking, the chironomid larva is the hotdog of the stillwater trout world. Plump, juicy, full of tasty goodness and they’re all over the place.”

gutbomb bloodworm flyfishfood

personally, i can’t get excited about hotdogs but i like his point. it’s a well known fact that fish love them and that’s more than enough reason to have a nice selection of these ‘dogs in the box !

as a bonus, during the video we’ll notice an interesting comment about fish having “x-ray and UV eyes and they “shoot UV rays out”. now, i’m not about to go into commenting on that… 😆 except for it added a special touch to what is already a great tying tutorial and fly.
i hope you’ll enjoy this as much as i did.

be sure to check other great videos and articles at Fly Fish Food while you’re there. good stuff indeed.