Excuse the crude title
How do you dress your terrestrials? What makes them more likely to be taken vs. just acting as a nymph suspension device? The chubby chernobyl is a broadly used pattern, Im sure most of us have a few or have used them. Maybe it makes for a good case study?
The fly on the right was tied for a trip to Montana in August with big hoppers and gian golden stones in mind. While it looks good to me, it only moved one fish the whole trip. The nymphal shucks were all over the place and indicated this 2x long size 8 wasnt ridiculously oversized, but the locals didnt care. Aussie possum dubbing, 8-10 stands of flash in the tail, and a natural tapered body shape make up what defines this fly as big and heavily dressed to me.
The fly on the left is hot off the press and is intended to be a much dressed down chubbie or "skinnie". With a blend of orange ice dub and high and dry, I suspect it will carry less water. Only 3 strands of flash in the tail, and a much smaller (even in proportion) chunk of foam make this fly feel lightly dressed to me. This fly is intended for use here in the south east where I have seen mid summer golden stone fly adults well over an inch long! It is tied on a 2xl size 12.
This poor fellow was underneath my tent when I broke camp one morning last year in GSMNP.
Ofcourse, no matter how the chubbie is tied Ill probably hang a pheasant tail off it. Why not? The bennefit of the lighter fly is that I think I can cast it well on 5x instead of needing to move to 2-3x tippet, and I hope it will be a better fly than a bobber.
What do you all think? How do you tie your chubbies (or other foam terrestrials)?