Monday, 23 September 2013

Conquering Chironomids - Volume 1 DVD

I recently acquired a copy of the new DVD by Phil Rowley & Brian Chan entitled "Conquering Chironomids Volume 1 - Strike Indicator Techniques". In this DVD, Phil & Brian cover fly fishing chironomids in stillwaters using floating lines and indicators. They put it all on the table in this video and really didn't leave out anything. Topics include:

  • Chironomid life cycles, behavior and common colors
  • Fly selection
  • Rods
  • Reels
  • Lines
  • Leader construction
  • Swivels
  • Non-slip loop knots
  • Throat pumps
  • Strike indicators
  • Casting with indicators
  • Sounders & boat control
  • Setting fly depth
  • Fly presentation & retrieves
  • Recognizing takes
They also have recipes for some of their favorite flies at the end of the video. Other than the wealth of information found in this DVD, what I also liked about it was the summarization after topics that were a bit of an information overload. As a stillwater guide and instructor who offers one-on-one stillwater clinics, this video, in my opinion, not only hits the target but I believe this may be the best instruction fly fishing DVD I have ever seen. A great job by two of North America's top stillwater fly fishing experts and I'm really looking forward to Volume 2.