Video – Tying The Blingnobyl Ant

A Pink Variation On The Chernobyl Ant

In the past I have made no bones about not being a fly fisherman.  I throw metal and meat 98% of the time, sometimes both at the same time.  But there are few flies that I keep around for special occasions. Chernobyl Ants are one of those.  I like them because they have a great profile from underwater, don’t sink and are relatively easy to tie.

This variation, the Blingnobyl Ant takes it up a notch, using some pink craft store foam to add some oddball color to the traditional black Chernobyl Ant pattern.  This video was done by the crew at and if you like tying flies you should check out their site, they have some cool patterns.

Materials List

Hook: Allen D202 Dry Fly #8 or Daiichi 1280
Thread: UTC GSP 100 Red or MFC Premium Thread, Pink 3/0
Under-bodyPearl Cactus Chenille or MFC Lucent Chenille (Small)  
BodyGlitter Craft Foam (Pink 2mm) glued to 2mm Fly Tying Foam, Cut to shape
Legs: Orange Barred Rubber Legs or Speckled Centipede Legs
Indicator: 2mm white fly tying foam



Killer Floating Yellow Jacket Fly Pattern

That ain’t no bumble bee!

I don’t know what the guys at Get Em Wet were thinking calling this a Bumble Bee.  I know what a Yellow Jacket looks like when I see one.  Lord knows I have had enough encounters with them as a kid in North Idaho.  In any case, this is a killer looking dry fly pattern and I bet in the heat of summer is will slay just about any fish you put it in front of!

Bumble Bee
This what a Bumble Bee looks like.

Yellow Jacket
This is what a Yellow Jacket looks like.

Bumble Bee (Yellow Jacket) Dry Fly Tying Video

This is an easy yet deadly effective bumble bee pattern. There aren’t a lot of these out there and this one gets the job done. It does take a little while to tie but its worth it in the end.



Tying a Rubber Legged Nymph (Video)

I am a big fan of Nymphs for fly fishing!

I will still cling to the mantra that I am not a fly fisherman, but I am man enough to admit that there are times when they are absolutely deadly on the fish.  One of the best flies to use is a nymph.  A sinking fly that gets down and drifts right into a hungry trout’s feeding zone is more likely to get bit than one at the surface that makes it risk being seen by predators.

To that end, here are the instructions on tying a good looking nymph pattern with rubber legs.  I really like the added motion of the rubber legs in the water!

Tying The Rubber Leg from Christopher Miller on Vimeo.

 As usual you need to match what the fish are seeing for maximum effectiveness.  That being said, there are very few times of the year that I have found nymphs like this that resemble a stone fly or other bug in the water to not be effective lures.



UV Pink Bug Fly- by Lucian Vasies

The UV Pink Bug Fly Pattern

UV Pink Fly Pattern

This fly is originally credited as being for Grayling, but I can definitely see it being adapted and used as a Steelhead hook.

Now as you will know if you read this blog at all, that I am not by habit a fly fisherman.  However, I will say that from time to time, it is is an effective technique for catching fish, particularly if they are being finicky and you need to go small with your presentation.

UV Pink Bug Fly- by Lucian Vasies

Being that I am not a fly fisherman, how would you Steelheaders that fly fish modify this pattern to work here in our Northwest waters?  The hook looks small to me for Steelhead, but I of course, may be wrong about that not being fully versed in fly fishing.

Leave your comments below and lets hear what you have to say on the matter!