Need a dry fly that floats really well? The Chubby Chernobyl is an excellent fly for just that. Consisting of foam and superfine dubbing this fly sits up on top without having to cure it every third drift.
Known for its durability and long life even after a score of fish, the Chubby Chernobyl is both versatile and deadly. Tied with a foam body, antron wings, and rubber legs, this pattern is equally effective when fished as an adult stone fly or as a terrestrial insect. The Chubby Chernobyl has become one of the West best hopper dropper high floating dry fly.
The Dai-Riki is technically a nymph hook, but the hook shank length is right and it has a large gap that seems to hook up better. Start out by laying a base of thread along the entire shank to give the fly a firm foundation. Next take a strand of Krystal flash I used rootbeer colored Krystal Flash for this one and tie it in somewhere near the head of the fly and secure it down the hook shank, to the back of the fly.
Chubby Chernobyl Salmonfly version. Fly tied and supplied by Montana Fly Company. Salmonfly version, bottom view.
The Chubby is a take-off on the standard Chernobyl Ant, but with a much needed improvement; a big poly yarn wing that aids in flotation and visibility. You see, a standard Chernobyl is but thread and foam and floats well but low in the water. Not a big issue when being fished and spotted from the higher perspective of a drift boat, but toss that same fly while wade fishing and the low floating coupled with a lower sight angle and suddenly that inch and a half long fly becomes very hard to see and find!
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Love it… Or Hate it…. Everyone has heard of the Chubby Chernobyl. No matter what you think of the Chubby Chernobyl it works!
Fat Fish like Fat Flies and the Chubby Chernobyl is a chunky attractor fly that brings fish up from the deep with ravenous hunger. I have caught some very large fish on this large attractor fly and they are not only fun to fish with, but are successful from early summer to late fall on a number of rivers across the nation. They look like a terrestrial, a stonefly, or just something that needs to be eaten on the surface and can be irresistible to trout.