Better Use of Buzzers Fly Fishing
Saturday, 10 September 2016 | Simon
Possibly the most underestimated flies in the fly angler's armoury are the humble Trout buzzer flies. The Trout buzzer imitates a midge in its nymph stage ready to emerge into an adult midge. Starting life in muddy water as a bloodworm or chironomide which is blood red in color and changing into the midge as an adult.
This is a large group of insects with over 5,000 described species and 700 species in North America alone. Males are easily recognized by their plumose antennae. Adults are sometimes known as "lake flies" in parts of Canada, as "sand flies", "muckleheads", or "muffleheads" in various regions of the USA Great Lakes area, and as "blind mosquitoes" or "chizzywinks" in Florida, USA. In the adult form some midges are large up to hook size 14 but the majority are size 22 or even smaller.
When ready to emerge into a midge it ascends to the surface of the water. This is when we use a Trout buzzer to imitate this stage of the midge's life. Using small Trout buzzers does work as a natural buzzer pupa can be just a few millimetres long. Believe it or not these little buzzers maybe just 5 to 8 mm long can account for huge trout, the reason is simply they think they are eating something natural.
For Fly Fishermen Midges and their lifecycle is improtant to understand, why? Simple this species hatches 365 days per year as can be seen in the hatch chart below. The hatch may be only for minutes on some occassions however because they hatch daily an understanding of their lifecycle only benefits fly fishermen. Their emerging form or buzzers are probably among the most important flies for stillwater fly fishermen.
Males emerge and within a week females arrive, and they mate, the males die off. The female will lay up to 3 batches of eggs! Midge flies lay eggs in water.