There are countless variations of Pyramid Lake Midges and Chironomids. I have fished literally hundreds of permutatuins- sizes, colors, shapes, flash, beads, etc. It is easy to get lost in self doubt and trying different flies at Pyramid Lake. My goal with this fly was to create a midge pattern that would work all the time, in all weather conditions, and everywhere on the lake. By removing the fly as a variable, it allows me to focus on my presentation, and results in a lot more fish to hand. The Peliwhopper is also a response to the need for heavier midge patterns. it gets down into the zone even when set over 10 feet deep with aggressive rolling waves. Using a high density, quality tungsten bead is expensive which is probably why they are comparatively rare on flies for sale. I also use super high quality, barbless black nickel hooks that are extremely sticky and stand up to a ridiculous amount of abuse.
This fly was designed with a subtle sheen that doesn't spook discriminating Lahontan Cutthroat, but has just enough eye catching color to draw them in and get lots of strikes. It is large enough to solidly hook and land fish in the 20lb class. I have done all the trial and error with this bug and I promise that it works. Day in and day out, this is the bug that I am counting on more than any other to drop my bobber.