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.


Stuck Shuck Midge

via Hans Weilenmann

sweet, simple and nice: trout candy…

primarily intended to be a midge/buzzer/chironomid pattern, it’s pretty clear this fly’ll also imitate mayflies and who-knows-what other bugs that might be stuck in the surface film, whether temporarily on their way out or permanently because things didn’t happened as planned. either way, bugs in the stage are as the title says ‘Stuck’ and if there’s one thing our slimy friends know, stuck means easy pickings and to prove this (ok, it could be wishful thinking but a lot of us believe it’s true) these bugs and their imitations will often be gently sipped instead of ‘lunged-on’, or in other words:
easy pickings = confidence = leisurely dining.


ok, it’s not half as fancy as yesterday’s Fatty Longtail but  it’s still a nice fly… 😆
enjoy !

below are a few midge imitations i tied up a while back for fishing in Sweden. the real bugs on this particular water where very dark, virtually black.

pretty much the same as Hans’ pattern and very effective, what makes both of these patterns and many-many more other midge flies interesting is: the natural doesn’t have a tail yet we feel the need to include them to our flies. emerging chironomids can have breather gills as in the classic Shipman’s Buzzer but they don’t look anything like tails.
i can of course offer no conclusions but a basic guess is they act as yet another attracting/appetite appealing point, perhaps a reminder in the back of their minds that previously eaten foods that had tails where good and safe to eat. who knows…