What’s in YOUR BOX?

Iain Barr delves into his Buzzer fly box …

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

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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