The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the most utilized flies in my box, easy to see, extremely buoyant, and will always get a few looks throughout the warm season. I’ll typically use them as an indicator well before or after the big bugs come out, then transition into more of a single fly or paired with a dropper as the season heats up. I’ve even had success sinking and stripping it in fast water; it’s definitely one of my favorite flies and has provided me with tons of success.
Chubby Chernobyl Recipe
- Hook: Umpqua 200R Size 6-14
- Body: Black Foam
- Dubbing: Ice Dub
- Wing: Para Post Wing
- Legs: Medium or small rubber legs
- Chernobyl Body Cutter
Step 1. Wrap the thread around the hook shank and create a thick baselayer ending at the back of the hook.
Step 2. Make a small Ice Dub noodle on the thread and dub to the point of the hook.
Step 3. Use the chernoybl body cutter and stamp out a body from the foam.
Step 4. Tie in the foam body about a 1/3 of the way up.
Step 5. Take a single strand of rubber legs and cut off two 1in pieces. Next tie each piece at the same place you tied in the foam body.
Step 6. Cut off about an inch of poly wing and tie that onto the top of the foam body in the same spot. This will make your underwing.
Step 7. Make a dubbing noodle on your thread with the Ice Dub. Pull back the underwing and make a few wraps of ice dub around the foam body and between the legs, then transition back to the hook shank with a few wraps.
Step 8. Add more ice dub to your thread and dub around the hook shank 2/3 of the way up.
Step 9. Fold the foam body over and tie in this segment where you ended your dubbing.
Step 10. Take the leftover rubber leg and cut off 2 more 1-inch pieces and tie them in on each side of the body.
Step 11. Cut off a 2in piece of poly wing and tie it in the middle on top of the body.
Step 12. Add more dubbing to your thread, pull back the wing and make a few wraps of dubbing around the body. Once you’ve ran out of dubbing transition back to the hook shank, build up a thread-head and finish off your fly with a whip finish.
Step 13. Lastly trim up the legs, wings, and round off the head if need be.