is designed to imitate buzzers or chironomids as they emerge through the water to hatch into midges. Midges hatch 365 days a year to flies like Buzzer Claret are important to match the hatch!
Fly Fishing Methods, Tips & Techniques
The natural buzzers / chironomids move very slowly when emerging, moving slowly up and down in the water column until conditions are right to hatch and it is important that we use the Buzzer Claret to imitate that movement. A team of flies often consists of 3 buzzers including one or more Buzzer Claret for trout on a droppered leader, with the heaviest (or largest) buzzer on the point. Never strip a team of buzzers including Buzzer Claret, allow the team of flies to drift naturally, suspend them with a buoyant fly like a stimulator or wulff or alternatively use a Thingamabobber. Always allow the team of flies including Buzzer Claret to drop below the feeding zone. Lift the rod tip slowly taking about 30 to 60 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 movement of the natural buzzer / chironomid we are trying to imitate with our Buzzer Claret.
When using buzzers the best fishing method is to keep it slow! What are the best Buzzer Claret fishing techniques? firstly the biggest mistake made by fly fishermen is because they are used to stripping lures they try the same techniques with Buzzer Claret. Buzzer fly fishing is a slow technique, use Buzzer Claret 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 Buzzer Claret. Alternatively use a buoyant foam fly or stimulator flies to suspend a team of buzzers including Buzzer Claret when buzzer fishing for trout
- Do NOT strip trout buzzers
- Static or slow drift team including Buzzer Claret
- Vary depth of the team, trout will feed at different levels at different times of the day
- look for porpoising trout, if they are slowly taking buzzers just below the surface swap to CDC emerger buzzers or Sandys Assassins
- try strike indicators or suspend a team of buzzers including Buzzer Claret with a Stimulator fly, Foam Arsed Blob or buoyant foam fly
- Be prepared to use small buzzers, although size 8 is a great point fly when boat fishing a size 16 or size 18 better matches natural trout buzzer sizes
We believe buzzers including Buzzer Claret are certainly one of the important flies in any stillwater fly fishermans box when fishing for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
If you are on a stillwater then check our hatch charts to see what is likely to be hatching. On reservoirs and lakes natural flies that will almost always be about and catch brown and rainbow trout are midges which grow and emerge. All stages of the life-cycle can be imitated by Bloodworms which change into buzzers which we have a successful ranges of Buzzer fly patterns including Blank Buster Buzzers and Flashback 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.
Buzzer / Chironomid Hatches
The Buzzer Claret imitates a buzzer in its nymph stage as it comes to emerge into an adult midge. This is a light buzzer without a beadhead so flutters more gently through the water. A midge starts life in muddy water as a bloodworm or chironomide which is blood red in color. When ready to emerge this wiggles to the surface and this is when we use a Buzzer Claret to imitage this stage of the midge's life. Do not be afraid of using small Buzzer Claret as a buzzer can be just a few millimetres long.
Buzzer Claret is shown as a pupa on the Midge Life Cycle drawing. The Buzzer Claret is a very good imitation of a pupa. The pupa can be olive, red, brown, black or other colours according to the water and where the buzzer imitated by the Buzzer Claret is in the water column. Buzzers start blood red when at the bottom of the water and change as they rise to the surface to emerge.
Buzzer Claret Fishing Techniques
The Buzzer Claret will sink aslowly unless used with beadhead /goldhead or other heavier flies in a team. The Buzzer Claret can be fished in a variety of ways and the Buzzer Claret is a super fly when trout are feeding on buzzers which the Buzzer Claret imitates. Buzzers emerge 365 days per year so using the Buzzer Claret works all year imitating natural buzzers matching the hatch!.
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Buzzer Claret Thingamabobber Drifting
The Buzzer Claret can be used as part of a team of 3 or just two fishing flies and suspended then drifted under a bung or really well under a Thingamabobber. These can be Buzzer Claret and other buzzers or Buzzer Claret invarying sizes and colours. Using a team of fishing flies with Buzzer Claret works well on both reservoirs and on rivers. On rivers using a Thingamabobber works well acting as an excellent bite indicator on turbulent or fast waters. Using the Buzzer Claret in this way works well as a Thingamabobber moves with both the current and wind at a more natural speed to the water conditions.
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Buzzer Claret Fished Static
The Buzzer Claret can be fished static in 3 different ways, Buzzer Claret team drifting, Bung Buzzer Claret drifting and Buzzer Claret dry fly drifting.
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Drifting Buzzer Claret As Part of a Team Of Fishing Flies
The Buzzer Claret can be used as part of a team of 2 of three fishing flies. Try Buzzer Claret and other buzzers or alternatively use Buzzer Claret in different sizes or colours for example use a size 12, 14 and 16 with the heaviest Buzzer Claret as the point fly. The droppered leader can be used with a floating line and the Buzzer Claret and other flies can be drifted with the wind and current moving the fly line and hence moving the Buzzer Claret gently making in behave like the natural pupa the Buzzer Claret imitates.
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Buzzer Claret Dry Fly Drifting (New Zealand Style)
In New Zealand they developed a fishing style with a very heavy, larger fly and a Buzzer Claret which is tied to a tippet attached to the bend or the eye of the large dry fly. This is deadly when used with a highly buoyant fly like Goddard Caddis, alternatively a heavy hackled klinkhammer or suspend the Buzzer Claret using a foam fly. The Buzzer Claret can be used as part of a team of fishing flies to hunt out those Brown Trout. On rivers using a Buzzer Claret under a New Zealand rig is superb as both the Buzzer Claret and the dry fly act as trout flies to attract trout and simultaneously present flies at surface and underwater catching trout at all stages of feeding. Using a Klinkhammer you are also presenting an emerging insect making the maximum of all opportunities.
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