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.
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.
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.
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.