Chubby Chernobyl: Everything You Need To Know To Catch More Fish

The Chubby Chernobyl is a great fly for trout fishing.  It imitates big stoneflies and grasshoppers.  It’s a larger fly that is made up with a combination of hair and foam to give it a realistic, insect-like look that the trout love.  It’s a dry fly so the main purpose of it is to float on top of the water, and force the fish to come up and grab it.

This is a picture of the Chubby Chernobyl Fly.
Chubby Chernobyl Fly


Everything you need to know about the Chubby Chernobyl Ant

The Chubby Chernobyl has been a summer time staple fly in the western Rockies over the past several years.  You can tie or buy this fly in a wide variety of colors and different foams, but a popular option is the yellow theme.  Especially out west.

How to use the Chubby Chernobyl Ant

Fish the Chubby Chernobyl like the rest of your dry flies.  Put it upstream and let it float past your target area where you believe the fish to be.  Or just send it out into the river and see what happens.  Fly fishing is really just trying to get the food in front of the fishes’ face.  Don’t bother using this fly if the water is over 6 feet although.

Trout will rarely come up to the top in deeper water, because they can’t see the fly.  Water is usually moving particles, dirt and sand around so a fly that’s 5-6 feet above their head will not be visible.  Use a Copper John or a Pheasant Tail nymph in one of those situations.

Characteristics of the Chubby Chernobyl

The Chubby Chernobyl is a large dry fly and because it has a lot of hair and foam, it’s fairly easy to see in the water.  The foam will help keep the fly above the water, and also give the fly a body.  The hair and the legs finish the touches of a Grasshopper or Stonefly.

As I said earlier, there are a lot of variations of the Chubby Chernobyl.  You can get this fly in many different colors, shapes and sizes.  That’s the beauty of fly fishing, there’s so much variety that no matter which way you go, you can always buy more flies!

How To Tie a Chubby Chernobyl

Tying a Chubby Chernobyl is quite basic.  If you can master the art of tying your own flies, you can save a lot of money over your fly fishing career.

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Conclusion: Chubby Chernobyl

Overall the Chubby Chernobyl is a great fly to bring out to the river.  It’s a large dry fly that works very well during the summer time, especially in the western United States.  A popular color option for the Chubby Chernobyl is yellow, for whatever reason that might be – the Trout love it.  Fish this fly similar to your other dry flies, and you will find yourself having great success on the river.

Thank you for reading and tight lines my friend!


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