What’s in YOUR BOX?
Iain Barr delves into his Buzzer fly box …
IAIN has fished on the midland reservoirs since he was a small boy and knows a thing or two about the Buzzer patterns that truly work throughout the season. Buzzers are simple affairs to tie (when compared to other flies) and learning how to fish them is the key to success. Here are three of Iain’s favourite Buzzers for the midland reservoirs.
1 Olive Buzzer
This pattern is essential for June and July because the naturals turn in colour from black to olive at this time. Iain fishes them in sizes 10 to 12. The body is olive Flexi-Floss with a fine quill rib, sunburst cheeks and the whole fly is varnished.
2 Red and Black Holographic Buzzer
These are definitely some of Iain’s favourites, especially on Graf ham fished deep during the warmer months. He uses grub hooks in size 8 and 10, a black Flexi-Floss body, red holographic rib and cheeks and finally the whole fly is varnished.
3 Tequila Booby
Okay it’s not a Buzzer but it’s essential when fishing Buzzers in the washing-line style – a buoyant Booby on the point with Buzzers or other nymphs suspended just sub-surface on droppers up the leader towards the floating line. The washing-line technique is terrific for fishing nymphs just under the surface. So if you know the fish are active high in the water but are not fully on dries, the chances are they’ll respond to nymphs presented in this way. Iain uses a size 12 hook, a Mirror Flash tag for attraction, orange and yellow Fritz and small yellow foam eyes. Obviously, the beauty of using a Booby on the point isn’t only to keep the nymphs suspended high in the water, the fish will also be attracted to the Booby especially when it is twitched across the surface.
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