Fly tying – getting started – part 3 – THE Buzzer
SPRITE Hooks PRO-Team member Joe Russell gives us a little walkthrough on a very simple, yet very effective Stillwater pattern, The Buzzer.
An extremely versatile pattern with a plethora of ways in which it can be tied.
The Buzzer is where I started off when I started Fly Tying. There are so many ways to tie a Buzzer and unlimited amount of materials that can be used.
They can be tied on straight hooks or curved hooks in a range of sizes depending on the venue that your fishing.
Here is a step by step to a simple buzzer that catches fish and all that is required is a change of rib colour with the end product below. Once your confident tying and feel you have thread control , proportions etc. in place you could add cheeks and breathers to the Buzzers, although the simple ones catch just as many in my own personal opinion.
Material & Non-Materials
SPRTE Hooks S2160 Wide Wet Barbless Size 10
UTC medium wire (Mixed colours)
Gulff classic UV-resin
NOTE: You can use head cement/Varnish for this pattern, it just requires 2 or 3 coats that need time to dry between each application, whereas UV-resin requires one
To start, secure the in the vise, i’ve gone with a slightly larger size 10. Depending on the size of buzzer that the fish is feeding on, you can change youyour hook size accordingly
Catch in the wire at the eye end and wrap thread along to the start of the bend with touuhing turns making sure to catch the wire alonf the shank of the hook for presentation purposes
Grab the wire and turn it along the hook shank with nice even spacings to where the thread has been left.
Once you’ve wrapped the wire up to the point of the hanging thread, catch in the wire.
Now you need to shape the head with thread wraps, working from back to front with a few extra wraps in the middle to create the shape pictured.
Wrap thread onto the hook with a couple of overlapping wraps, and then a couple of touching turn wraps along the shank of the hook
Run thread along shank towards the eye of the hook with touching turns to where the wire will stop and the head of the fly will start, like the picture above
Give the thread a few wraps to secure wire then gently grab the wire and twist in a circular motion till the wire breaks off, then give the thread a few more wraps to hide the wire that’s left from the break off.
Whip finish to secure and cut off thread tight to the fly. Add a few drops of varnish or resin (I use resin as its quicker and only requires one coat for a nice smooth finish) varnish takes several coats and each coats needs to dry before the next coat can be applied
I use a cement applicator to spread the resin to an even finish until I’m happy then apply the uv torch to harden the uv resin to get the finished result as pictured.
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