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QWhat What hook size of Shut Shuttlecock Emergers should I be using in the summer? Dave Slodden PAUL PROCTER REPLIES: Ultimately, shuttlecock-style flies are designed to imitate the emerging stage of chironomids (buzzers), so it’s usually a case of identifying the size of the naturals on your local waters and selecting an appropriately sized fly. As a rule, buzzers hatching through the warmer months tend to be larger in stature when it’s not unusual to require a fly dressed on a size 12, or 10 hook to copy the naturals. This is especially the case towards dusk when some really large species of buzzers are known to occur. These evening buzzer hatches often happen on a huge scale when literally thousands of flies emerge at once, the idea being that such a surfeit of insects overwhelms predators. In such circumstances, our fly simply appears as one of many naturals littering the surface. Now, we can actually step up in hook size, hopefully making our fly stand out and appear more tempting to trout. Typically then, if the size of buzzers hatching equate to a size 14 hook, we ought to consider a size 12 pattern in such circumstances.