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Elevating the Chubby Chernobyl

January 11, 2020 By: Spencer Durrant

The Chubby Chernobyl is one of my favorite flies. It’s a staple in my fly box, and during the summer it’s almost always my top fly in the hopper-dropper-dropper rig I always fish.

Charlie Craven, over at Fly Fisherman Magazine, thinks the same way about the Chubby as I do, and wrote all about it in a recent post. Craven details the reasons that you should use a big fly as a strike indicator, in lieu of a plastic bobber. I’ve long since held this opinion, and switching to using a dry fly as an indicator – even when I’m fishing two nymphs deep – has honestly elevated my fly fishing game.