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Buzzer fishing is great!!

Super Glue or Glass Buzzer

Over the past week the buzzer fishing has been great on the still waters, there is something about buzzer fishing that sometimes sets the heart racing and other times makes you focus on your line waiting for the slightest movement.

Each angler has their favourite “go to” pattern, but it is the conditions and fishing depth that determines which will do the business.

Super Glue or Glass Buzzers

What ever you call them these are ideal for fishing deep and slow shown on the left is a classic buzzer with stripped quill body and orange wing cases on a slim head.  However the key is often “less is more” – the stripped quill gives you a really slim body, but you can use thread and rib with wire – but try to make sure the final profile is the same.

Your final finish is all important you can use Super Glue or several coats of varnish, but increasingly UV varnishes are used to ensure that the profile is maintained and you can finish your flies in one go.

Scottie Buzzer Coat is available in original and lite  and we can also supply a basic UV torch.

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Top Tip: Buzzers have breathers these are often tied using a bit of bright white floss, but often they are left off Glass Buzzer.  Using Tipp-ex; white varnish or fabric paint put a small white dot on the head of your buzzer before varnishing.

Ribbing

Adding a rib to your buzzer is all important – I often use Primrose thread or Light Cahill thread over a black or olive thread for the body – this gives a really subtle rib and imitates the natural stripped quill.  On bigger buzzers our standard 0.2mm copper wire is great and it gives your a wide range of colours to choose from.  But for smaller buzzers and a more subtle effect you can use our 0.1 and 0.15 diameter wires.

See our selection of copper ribbing wires. 

Colours

Each water has a species of buzzers that have distinctive colours and sizes – so you should try to match these. In addition to the main body colour you need to think about the target colours used on wing buds, these can range from red, through to yellow or white. Whatever colour you use should make sure that the buds are proportionate and have some variants with less “bling” – these can often be the killers on the day.

Which hook do you use?

Selecting the hook to use for your buzzers is as important as the type of tying you choose, I guess it comes down to shape and weight. If you are fishing a team of buzzers you often need to use a heavy hook on the point.  This brings you leader down and with each dropper spaced at 1.2m – 1.5m (4-5ft) and a slow retrieve on floating line it allows you to fish at range of depths.

Straight shank or grubber? Again this is often a case of personal preference – I use both and each works well.  However I was fishing with a competition angler and he said he never mixes straight and grub hooks on a caste as they tend to tangle.  I am not sure of the truth of this – but so much of fishing is to do with confidence in what you are doing it was probably true for him.

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BFFI – Staffordshire County Show Ground

It’s that time of year again and I am franticly getting my stock together for this weekend, and it looks like it is  going to be bigger than ever.

I have already had some orders for collection at the show and enquiries,  it really is becoming a “must go” weekend. 

I will have a couple of items that I not longer stock – so will be clearing these out at the show and of course there will be some special show prices.

Our with the old, in with the new – I will have the prototype Weaver MKll on the stand.

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Time to fill that fly box

My last day out on Eyebrook a couple of weeks ago gave me a great day on dries and made me realise that there were some glaring absences in my fly boxes.  It is amazing how over the season the variations of your old favourites seem to just disappear!.  I was ok in the morning as they were taking large orange daddies, once I remembered not to strike as they drowned the fly I had some good sport.  As the day wore on the fish lost interest in the daddy and there was a hatch of some small rusty brown buzzers, my fly box had nothing small enough in my favourite fiery brown seals fur, there was some interest in a ginger Shipman’s, but I knew I needed something smaller.  Finally a dug out an Adams from my river box and I was back into fish.

I know – “It’s not the fly, it’s what it does for you.”  I find when fishing dries the way they sit in the surface is the most important thing.  The daddy gives a large impression in the film – I like to use a hackle as well as legs give an impression in the surface and for some reason at Eyebrook orange is a killer colour.  But other dries can vary a lot in the way they sit in the water – choosing the right one can make all the difference.

The sketch above indicates how three patterns sit in the film – each being the best dry fly on the day.  One of the problems you can have when tying the Shipman’ and the Bob’s Bits is dressing them too heavily – both work well when very lightly dressed. You might be very adept and dubbing using tying wax to create a dubbing rope, but there is a lot to be said for using a spinner and a dubbing loop.  I find it easier to create a fine rope and also it means that you do not have to rib the patterns, some times less is more!

Of course at other times a fine rib of holographic material can be what is needed, so to make sure you are equipped you need each of these patterns in size 12, 14 and 16, in olive, claret, orange/ginger and fiery brown, both ribber and un-ribbed.  If you have three of each, one to use, one to loose and one to give away that is 72 flies – one box filled ready for next year.  Not to mention the CDC shuttlecock that hangs below the film – tied with picric died peacock stripped quill – another fly that can be lethal on still water.

[I find David McPhail’s videos of tying these patterns excellent:  Shipman’s BuzzerBob’s Bits ; The Shuttlecock Yellow Owl ]

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Grip Hooks

I have just received some new stocks of Grip Hooks , these really are a fantastic range of hooks for the fly tyer.  Grip Hooks come in a wide range of sizes, patterns and wire weights.

Nymph Hooks

The nymph hook is the bread and butter pattern that we sell most of and there are plenty of competitors our there and we all have our favourites.  Like all these things we need confidence in out hooks -so we stick to what we know.

12702 Short Nymph

However if you are looking for variations on a theme Grip offer a range of nymph hooks in three gauges of wire and shank lengths.

There are also barbless patterns with unrivalled  hold.

 

Dry Fly Hooks

Again there are plenty of dry fly hooks out there – but the Grip range has just that extra choice, including the top selling 11801 in extra light wire.

In addition there are some variations in pattern that give improved presentation, hooking and profiles. Such as the 11413BL shown on the left.

This has variation on the Sproat bend to give better hooking and hold for this barbless variation.

 

Wet Hooks

12803 Deep Water Wet

Once again Grip offer something more than just variation in sizes for their we hooks. There is the choice of wire weight and shank length over the range of patterns offered that is designed to improve the performance in specific applications.

As usual Grip offer barbless patterns that are designed to give the angler good hold without the barb.

 

Caddis and Grub Patterns

These patterns give the profile for a wide range of patterns such as shrimp and and Czech nymphs. They can also be used for buzzers and the light wire patterns can be used for emergers.

Grip also offer up eye variations for these emerger patterns which improves presentation and hooking.

Of course there are also barbless patterns for the increasing numbers of catch and release fisheries.

 

Check out the Scottie Products Shop for Grip hooks here 

To see the complete range of Grip Hooks see the Scientific Fly web site

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Copper Wire

Standard 0.2mm Wire

Using copper wire to your patterns as a rib not only gives your flies segmented bodies but also adds strength to them and increases their longevity. I have sourced a super quality soft copper wire in a wide range of colours for your patterns. This standard wire comes in 0.2mm and is supplied in a ‘soft’ state this means that it is easy to used and is very strong. As wire is worked it becomes harder, as we know by twisting a wire round and round it becomes brittle and breaks off, breaking your wire off like this rather than cutting it does not leave an exposed end on your finished pattern.

The image below shows the range of colours available:

From left to right: Silver, Dark Copper, Dark Green, Claret, Red, Copper, Black, Gold and Green.

All if the wire are coated for corrosion resistance, copper will tarnish if it is not coated with a material that protects it from the elements.

Extra Fine Wires

I have now available finer wires for use with dries, this is the same high quality wire but drawn down to 0.15 and 0.1mm. It is still supplied in the soft condition for strength and ease of use. but only available in silver, gold and copper.

Patterns

The Gold Ribbed Hairsear pattern is the classic pattern where the copper wire rib is an essential element of the fly, but ribs on Pheasant tail nymphs are as important.  Obviously the GRH uses gold, but the PTN can use a variety of rib colours – to add a target or make a change in the pattern.

Another classic still water pattern the Diawl Bach can be ribbed with coloured wire rather than holographic material to give a more subtle pattern that can be what is wanted on some days.

There are also those essential river flies where the body is made just using copper wire with a peacock or dubbed thorax, again colour can add impact to these.

Dubbing Brushes

Because the wire we supply is soft and string it can be used to create a dubbing brush.  Tie in a loop of copper wire to create a dubbing loop and using your favourite dubbing create the dubbing brush for your thorax.  When wet the wire can be seen through the dubbing and adds that extra dimension to your fly.

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New for the season

I have had a very busy couple of weeks since the BFFI – it was a hectic run up to the event and just as hectic getting back – but cannot complain about being busy!

I am just about sorted stocks of the Scottie vice which has been selling very well and still working on a new rotary vice – but these are  projects for the future. I have a couple of new products available now.

The Scottie Camera Mount

This handy device allows you to take a photo of your latest creations or even make a video.

Light yet robust allows you to attach any camera with a 1/4″ Whitworth thread to your vice and position at just the right distance.

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Fly tying lights

I have sourced a couple of LED lights – one with a handy magnetic base that attaches to the Scottie vice and the other that can be screwed to you tying bench.

Magnetic lamp

Bench Lamp

Scottie Buzzer Coat Lite

We have been supplying the Buzzer Coat UV varnish for some time, but for light use it is rather too thick. I can now supply a much less viscous UV varnish that sets to a glass hard finish using a standard 365nm UV light.

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I have also had a spring clean of my hooks and these are also available along with some new fly tying materials.

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Bahamas Trip

flatsJust got back to from the Bahamas after a week fishing for Bonefish – all I can say is Wow!    For those who have not fished for Bones – this is where you fish- the flats.

There very large areas of flats around the Crooked Islands where we were based – literally tens of square miles of fishable water.

I caught my very first bonefish on the first day and finished up with five for day 1. 1stfish

Had an excellent week despite the low pressure moving in on Wednesday making it windy with increasing cloud cover giving challenging conditions.

Oh Well – back to work now!

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New Products and Christmas Present Ideas

Christmas Lines

This time of year we are all thinking of what we can buy for a really useful Christmas present – either for yourself or someone else.

We have all the usual lines – but to help you out we will be offering discount on some of our lines – particularly useful for those little stocking fillers.

New Products

Fritz Bobbins – These are reallybob3 handy for using and storing fritz and chenille materials while keeping them tidy, clean and organized.  We have them in two sizes, the standard/small size that can even be used for thread or flosses and the large that will handle those thicker plush chenilles

 

section-2Hook Pallet – This is a small hook pallet that will prevent you loosing hooks on your bench.  All tyers have different solutions to the common problems, do you put your hooks straight on the bench or take them out of their box or package one at a time?  Why not try this handy little hook pallet?

 The Tourbon Fly Patch – These 4have been selling well and really popular with those of us who are fishing barb-less flies. The fleece inner holds the flies well, but by closing the flap over them you can ensure that they stay in place

 

Old Favorites

The Scottie Hardwood Tool Rack – These have beenTool_holder one of our most popular lines, but unfortunately when current stock has gone we will be discontinuing this  item as we cannot find the recycled timber we use.

The Scottie Tool Caddie – This handycaddy 5tool caddie has a small footprint and holds a good number of tools as well as your varnish pot.

Scottie Vices – There are of course all  of our Scottie vices available for Christmas Delivery.

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Fly Patches and Pouch

We all have our own solutions to that problem of where do you put that fly when you have used it?   We see them stuck in hats, on open patches and there are some clever boxes that are also driers.

Since I have been using barbless flies for catch and release this has become more of a problem as without a barb the fly will not stick in your hat or stay in your patch – unlike the barbed flies that once stuck you cannot remove without pulling another thread on your hat or straightening the hook.

So when I had the opportunity to buy some Tourbon products made for the US market I thought they were worth a try.  They are very traditional patterns that seem to have disappeared from the UK market – a leather folding fly patch and a canvas fly wallet.

3The leather fly patch fold over to secure your flies while drying and allows a free flow of air.  The clip can secure the patch on any part of your clothing without needing a D ring.

 

I have several old fly wallets – they were all the wallet 3rage a few years back – I have one that was given to all Benson and Hedges competitors one year.  But just because they are old does not mean they do not still do the job.

With all the plastic and foam fly boxes on the market this old faithful design has been all but forgotten – but it fits the pocket  well, the breathable materials allows flies to dry  and once a fly is in their it stays there.

Both of these are on offer for June.

 

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The Scottie Gallows Tool

Gallows ToolAfter a year of thinking about making a gallows tool for over a year and having experimented with a couple of designs I watched a demonstration of tying a paraloop fly and finally came up with a flexible design for a gallows tool.

The tool can be used for tying clink-hammer, paraloop and detached body flies, it can also be use as a bobbin holder. The design sets the tool away from the vice to minimize it’s interference while tying it is also very rigid and the horizontal bar can be used with other accessories. Gallows 2

These photos are of the prototype – the retail version will be in our usual black powder coating.