Our team at Chile West recently spent some time on a spring creek that has been fishing well. This creek has an abundance of dragonflies and they seem to be the staple food for these fish.
While there are some beautifully tied dragonfly patterns, they are often not aerodynamic and thus hard to cast. As this area can be windy and casting is into really tight places, a Chernobyl ant was just the right fly during a recent trip with clients.
This particular ant pattern had just enough peacock chenille on the belly to give it a little dragonfly shimmer. The clients fished all day with the same fly catching fish after fish.
Chris Price, manager of Chile West, recently returned to try his luck on a day off. Not having the exact same Chernobyl that the clients had been using, Chris took a look into his many flies and decided to experiment with something new, a purple Chubby Chernobyl by Idylwilde. It’s got the same silhouette as any other Chernobyl, and that flashy purple… it had to be tested.
The purple Chubby Chernobyl produced so well all day that never changed flies. Purple might not seem like the most natural color for a dragonfly, but this one is tried, tested and true.