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Learning how to tie and fish chironomid patterns to consistently catch fish using chironomids can be one of the most frustrating stillwater experiences.  We recall the frustrations and setbacks all too well.  While a trial and error process will work it can take years to master the presentation skills and pattern types necessary for success.  The Tying and Fishing Chironomids Master Class is designed to provide you with a critical path for consistent on-the-water success.  

Learn the presentation techniques, gear requirements, pattern thoughts, and tying techniques Phil uses to both tie and fish chironomid patterns from bottom to top through this live, interactive, online course.

You have the option of taking the entire 6 session course for $149.95 or you can choose individual sessions for $39.95.  Taking the 6 session course offers a savings of 25% versus registering for each session individually

Over this approximately 6 session, 15-plus hour course, you will a variety of  fly fishing and tying tricks, techniques, tactics including:

  • The chironomid lifecycle
  • Gear requirements 
  • Leader set up and rigging, including droppers
  • Strike indicator techniques
  • Floating line/long leader (Naked) techniques
  • Sinking line techniques
  • Live hands-on tying instruction for a range of chironomid larva, pupa, merger, and adult patterns

This comprehensive course includes.

  • A Minimum of 15 hours of live, online, instruction.
  • A recording of each video session.
  • Phil will tie a minimum of 15 of his favorite chironomid pupa, larva and adult patternscovering a range of styles and tying options.
  • Materials Listing (You are welcome and encouraged to tie along with Phil)-Provided to you upon payment for the course (PDF).
  • Fly Pattern Recipes, including images (PDF). To be provided prior to each session.
  • Discount Codes for Canadian Llamaand Fly Fish Food for material purchases
  • Entomology and the relationship to pattern design and material choice. 
  • Presentation Tips.
  • Leader Recipes for Phil's favorite chironomid setups (PDF).
  • Access to the Stillwater Academy private Facebook Group

This course will run as follows:

  • Session #1: Chironomid Lifecycle & Equipment, Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Session #2: Strike Indicator Tactics, Tying Larval Patterns, Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • Session #3: Floating Line, Long Leader Tactics, Tying Pupal Patterns Part 1, Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Session #4: Sinking Line Tactics, Tying Pupal Patterns Part 2, Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Session #5: Surface Tactics and Patterns, Tuesday, March 9, 2022
  • Session #6: Leaders, Knots and Droppers, Tuesday, March 15, 2022

All sessions begin at 7:30 PM Mountain Time. Space is limited, so don't miss out.