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Beginner's Buzzer


The British buzzers are simple and effective flies. Learn to tie and fish one


By Martin Joergensen with the assistance of Paul Slaney

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Attach herl
Attach herl
Attach ribbing
Attach ribbing
Attach shield
Attach shield
Attach sides
Attach sides
Bare shank Beginner's Buzzer
Bare shank Beginner's Buzzer
A fly like this - tied on a black hook - is still a fairly good buzzer imitation, but a very light one. This specimen consists of the front part only: thorax, wing case, wing buds and the head.
Beginner's Buzzer
Beginner's Buzzer
This sample has been tied on a heavier hook (Kamasan B170), and will be more willing to sink than the fly shown in the tying sequence, which is tied on a thin wire nymph hook.
Buzzer water
Buzzer water
British stillwaters - here in Wales - are the birthplace of the buzzer. Paul Slaney, the man who introduced me to stillwater fishing, is at the business end of the boat.
Create body
Create body
Curved nymph hook, size 8-12
Curved nymph hook, size 8-12
Draw sides forwards and tie down
Draw sides forwards and tie down
Draw wing case forwards and tie down
Draw wing case forwards and tie down
Finished buzzer
Finished buzzer
Line arcing
Line arcing
Taking advantage of a wind induced arc like this is one way to fish a team of buzzers.
Mylar shank Beginner's Buzzer - quite skinny
Mylar shank Beginner's Buzzer - quite skinny
This Buzzer is tied with a body made up of clear mylar wrapped around the shank and varnished. The rest is as the Beginner's Buzzer. Again a light and sparse variation.
One fell for the Buzzer
One fell for the Buzzer
Orange Beginner's Buzzer
Orange Beginner's Buzzer
This Buzzer is tied on a Kamasan B170 wet fly hook.
Ridicously sparsely dressed Beginner\'s Buzzer
Ridicously sparsely dressed Beginner\'s Buzzer
It might seem like a joke - and actually is - but no doubt that this ridiculously sparsely dressed buzzer would be able to catch fish. Dab it with a drop of epoxy and you are close to many contemporary epoxied buzzer patterns.
Run herl forwards
Run herl forwards
Tie down and trim
Tie down and trim
Trim all excess material
Trim all excess material
Wind ribbing
Wind ribbing