How to Tie: The Chubby Chernobyl


In this week’s How to Tie video feature, Trident Fly Fishing shows us how to tie the Chubby Chernobyl.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

When it comes to versatile flies, the Chubby Chernobyl takes the cake. This fly can be fished to imitate a myriad of patterns including ants, hoppers, and stoneflies. The Chubby Chernobyl makes an excellent pattern to float by itself but also makes an exceptional dry fly for a dropper setup. Because of its thick foam and dubbing body, this fly can float heavy flies through fast-moving currents.

Along with its strengthened buoyancy, this fly’s large dubbing wings make it especially easy to track as it bobs and hurdles crashing riffles. Although it’s certainly sure to entice massive takes from overly zealous trout, you wouldn’t want to lose sight of this fly at any point in its drift.

Tying this fly is relatively easy. For tyers who are unfamiliar with incorporating legs and foam into their flies, this is a perfect opportunity to begin incorporating a more diverse array of materials into your ties. By playing with the color combinations, you can further this fly’s potential when fishing in different areas. For instance, by incorporating a green or olive color combination, this fly can turn into a convincing grasshopper pattern. By focusing on darker colors like black or purple, it becomes a cricket or large ant.


Now you know how to tie the Chubby Chernobyl!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Trident Fly Fishing

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