Following on from last weeks ‘Fly of the week‘ is the Shipmans Buzzer. Again, a buzzer is an imitation of the common chironomid midge. As the pupa makes its way to the surface within the top couple of feet it’s wingbuds and legs start to take shape and emerge from the body. The insect is then stuck in the surface as it tries to free itself from the surface tension. This is the stage where the wings are almost fully formed and the fly is emerging from its shuck.
Insert a Kamasan B405 hook into the vice. A lightwire hooks is best for this pattern as it allows the fly to sit on, in or just under the surface. Exactly where it will be most effective. The hook will also aid your casting when covering fish, letting the flies be lifted easier off the water and re-cast.
Latch the tying thread to the hook a few millimetres behind the eye and run the thread down the hook and stop just as the shank starts to curve . Again, UTC thread is the ideal component as it lies flat and spreads along the body.
Take a length of white Polypropolyne Floating Yarn, this will be used as a sighter and also represent the emptying shuck. It will also help the floatability of the fly, making sure it’s sitting where it should be.Tie a length in over the end of the hook and tie the thread over the top back towards the eye, leaving around 2/3 cm each side. Once the full length of full is covered, trim each end to around 4/5mm.
The rib, UTC Mirage Tinsel can be tied in at the top or bottom of the shank, catch it onto the hook and run the thread back to the bend of the hook. Create a dubbing rope of genuine seals fur, here I’ve used black, choose the colour according to the insect colour on the day. A range of colours is best.
Tie the seals fur towards to eye, creating a level, thin body, leaving sufficient room for a thorax. Wrap the mirage rib back towards the eye, three turns is usually enough to create a well segmented body. Trap the rib in with the thread and tie off.
Bulk the rest of the fly up with a good amount of seals fur, creating a sort of ‘carrot’ shape, thicker at the head than the tail. This gives the fly a great profile and lets the back end sit in the water, rather than on top of it.
Hook: Kamasan B405 Size 10
Thread: UTC Black 70 Denier
Breathers: Polypropolyne floating yarn
Body: Black Genuine Seals Fur
Rib: UTC Mirage Tinsel
Thorax: Black Genuine Seals Fur
Written by Kieron Jenkins