If you are on a stillwater then check our hatch charts to see what is likely to be hatching. On Stillwaters natural flies that will almost always be about and catch brown and rainbow trout are midges which grow and emerge from Stillwaters. All stages of the life-cycle can be imitated by Bloodworms which change into buzzers which we have a sucessful ranges of Buzzer fly patterns including Blank Buster Buzzers and Flashback Trout Buzzers and Epoxy Buzzers / Nymphs. Once in the surface film we can imitated these by Assassin Emergers, Blank Buster CDC Emergers and Emergers and Suspenders which to the trout look like the midge pupae ready to hatch.
Do small buzzer flies work?
Yes they often work really well, a natural emerging buzzer can often be around size 14 to as small as size 22. To mimic this we often start with small buzzer flies size 16 on our rig. On the point we will often use a tungsten head or size 8 fly when fishing from a boat to allow the flies to get down in the water. Do watch where the trout are feeding, in summer you will often find Rainbow and Brown trout feeding in the top 18 inches of water, we have seen them feeding in the top 3 inches and watched as fly fishermen caught nothing because their fly fishing buzzer flies were dropping below the feeding and emerging zones.
Buzzer Fly Fishing Techniques
When using trout buzzers keep it slow! With buzzer flies for trout this simply does not work. What are the best buzzer fishing techniques? firstly the biggest mistake made by fly fishermen is because they are used to stripping lures they try the same techniques with trout buzzer flies. Buzzer fly fishing is a slow technique, use buzzers on a drift with a floating flyline and allow the line to drift with the current or wind or use a Bobber or other strike indicator to suspend your buzzers. Alternatively use a buoyant foam fly or stimulator flies to suspend a team of buzzers when buzzer fishing for trout
The Basics of Fishing a Team of Buzzer flies
Buzzers move very slowly when emerging, moving slowly up and down in the water column until conditions are right to hatch. A team of buzzers often consists of 3 buzzers, with the heaviest on the point. Never strip a team of buzzers, allow them to drift naturally, suspend them with a buoyant fly like a stimulator or Thingamabobber or cast, allow the team to drop below the feeding zone. Lift the rod tip slowly taking about 3 to 5 seconds to reach 60 degrees then lower the rod tip rapidly, take up the slack line and allow to drop again. The lift and drop slowly imitates the natural we are trying to imitate. Check our YouTube buzzer fishing techniques video or watch it below
Using Buzzer Flies Advice Video
We believe Trout buzzers are certainly one of the important flies in any stillwater fly fishermans box when fishing for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Check out our 14 minute educational video below on using buzzers fishing flies for trout, it has great tips and techniques for you to use when trout buzzer fishing.