Colors: Purple, Royal, Golden, Black, Orange, Tan
Size: #8, #10, #12, #14, #16
The Chubby Chernobyl (sometimes, misspelled as Chernoble) has become a Guide favorite for good reason. Not only does it catch fish and big fish, but it floats like a balloon wearing a life jacket! This is a great fly for the venerated, dry-dropper rig as a Chubby in the #8-#12 size can easily hold up a fat Turd or a Bead-Head Worm or a Wire Worm even in choppy water (like the Smith or Blackfoot). This bug imitates Hoppers, Stoneflies [Skwalas (Black #10-#12), Salmonflies (Orange #8-#10), Goldens [Gold #8-#12)], Caddis, Cicadas and more. It’s also just a great general attractor dry fly pattern.
TIP #1- Since this fly can be pretty air resistant when casting and therefore, tougher to get to turn over at the end of the cast, we recommend bumping up a tippet size for a little extra energy transfer. On rivers like the Smith or Blackfoot, don’t be afraid to use a 1X on sizes #8 & #10 and 2X on #12 and even #14.
TIP #2- We like to tie these dry flies on using a Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot which will give it a lot more drift wiggle freedom and have a more natural presentation when using these stouter tippets. When we use the smaller sizes on the MO, we like to use 4X still but this ins’t necessary on the freestones.
TIP #3- Use a 7.5′ Leader if you are fishing Chubby & dropper and a 9′ Leader if you are fishing the Chubby solo. TIP #4- Use a Nylon Leader to your dry, and Fluorocarbon Tippet to your dropper (weather it’s another dry or a nymph). The added stealth and slight negative buoyancy of fluoro is a good advantage in this set up. Don’t fish a full fluoro leader with dry flies.
TIP #5- This Chubby Chernobyl (along with any dry fly) works best when you dunk it in our liquid Jet Fuel Fly Floatant. Don’t forget to order a bottle when you order your Chubbies! We have found that just 1 treatment of a Chubby in Jet Fuel will last for hours and several fish -just be sure to wash off any fish slime and blow the fly off after you catch and release a fish and your Chubby will be riding high once again.
Note- There may be slight variations from the photos as we have several tiers and slight differences in dye batches in the materials. But not to worry, all of them are fish catching morsels! Also, not all colors are available in all sizes.