A Guide To Fishing With Trout Buzzers

If you’re new to fly fishing or want to try something different in your quest to catch the world’s biggest trout, then you need this very handy guide to fly fishing with trout buzzers. You’ll be landing fish after fish in next to no time.

What is a buzzer?

This kind of fly is basically an imitation of the pupa of a chronomid or midge, so not quite an adult and not a larva. What sets these buzzer flies apart from others is how sparsely they’re patterned to help trick the fish more easily into thinking they’re an actual insect.

Why do you need one?

If you’ve got your heart set on catching a trout in the coming weeks, buzzers are perfect because midges are a trout’s favourite food (or one of them). By using a fly that imitates this particular insect, you’re already increasing your chances of landing a fish.

How do you use them?

Dead drifting is the best way to fish with buzzers and you’re perhaps best off using three buzzers on the line to help you catch a fish. Use a top fly on a light hook, a dropper and a point fly that’s heavier and attached to a heavy hook, as this will allow you to fish at several depths.

How to tie the buzzer fly

Simply attach the thread behind the hook eye and tie in the ribbing. Then cover the ribbing and hook shank over the barb and tightly turn the thread to make a body. Wind your ribbing in to the tie-in point, then fix and cut the excess off. Tie some pheasant tail fibres to the end of the hook, then tie in your sides and herl, and then trim. Pull the wingcase over the herl and fix, then pull each side up along the herl and fix in place. Trim the butts, make a small head, finish with a whip and varnish.

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