OK, for those that want to keep their emerging chironomid patterns (or other nymphs for that matter) suspended just below the surface, I offer The Regulator.
It was partly inspired by a Parasol Shuttlecock Buzzer of British lore and named for me by a good friend as it really does regulate where the fly fishes in the water column. Subsequent Regulator Posts have been constructed with closed-cell foam and float better without dressing.
Hook: Daiichi 1120 or 1130
Body: Tying thread (Gudebrod 6/0), color to suit
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: Peacock's herl or dubbing
Suspension system: custom-furled Regulator Post
If you want to suspend the fly more than three inches subsurface, it's best to tie the fly in reverse (thorax at the bend of the hook) and have the Regulator Post tied in as a "tail", of sorts. Doing so will prevent fouling of the Post with the leader.
Last edited by Don Johnson; 12-08-2003 at 10:11 PM.