|Perhaps the key thing when fishing buzzers is to employ an ultra slow retrieve. Most anglers make the mistake of retrieving too quickly, which in essence does two things. |
- Firstly your flies will be fishing too fast and therefore appear unnatural.
- Secondly, this prevents your flies from sinking very far, so they rarely achieve the required depth. Given that our buzzers are un-weighted, this makes all the difference.
As with most nymphing tactics, you’re better off searching out a crosswind as this maintains tension on the line and fishes the flies on a seductive curve. Because fewer Trout rise during winter, combing the water will be the order of the day.
With that, a team of two, or better still, three flies is the best bet. These should be arranged 3ft apart on a 14ft leader. TEF fluorocarbon of 5.06lb is a good work horse. On smaller stillwaters, casts needn’t be very far and your best bet is to focus on the margins. Larger waters, like reservoirs will perhaps require longer casts of 20 yards or so.