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How To Fish Buzzers

How To Fish Buzzers

Gavin Hodgson, a casting instructor from Grangers Fishing, takes us through the art of fly fishing, or more specifically, buzzer fishing. He gives lots of insightful tips to improve your odds of catching that trout.

Buzzer fishing is quite an unusual form of fly fishing in that we're doing very little with that fly. In fact, any movement can be too much movement. And the biggest mistakes beginners to buzzer fishing make are actually imparting a retrieve to that fly.

What we really want is little or no movement at all. Choosing flies, if you look at some of the buzzer patterns we have here, we've got various midge pupa imitations and that's the part of the life cycle we're imitating with the buzzer. All of these here have the same profile, slim body, ribbed body, wing buds, the orange cheeks, then sometimes little breathers, which are these little white fluffy bits at the top of the fly.

Now with those flies there, as you can imagine in the water, they're not going to be darting along at a rapid speed, they're going to be just hovering around, they wriggle a little bit in the water but they're just going to be hovering around waiting for fish to mop them up. Now, when fish see these in nature, they're going to see a lot of these, they're not going to just see the odd one. So, they're going to be often cruising along taking mouthfuls of these.

So, when we get a take, while fishing a buzzer, we actually either get a little delicate take or it can be a real rod wrench and pull the rod out of your hand, which is good, when you're fishing so calm, it wakes you up. So, we've got the ideal situation at the moment with the fly lane for buzzer fishing. We've got a little bough in the lane, that's going to help me fish the buzzer on the wind, rather than me doing the retrieve.

Now, when we get toward the end of that sweet round, so we've made a cast and it's swinging around in the wind, we've got very little breeze today, but it's just enough of a retrieve going on. That fly's going to be fishing fairly deep now. And if I impart a retrieve towards the end of that sweep, I'm going to be lifting that fly.

This is often the time where we often get takes, it's when that fly's just starting to accelerate to the surface. Fish might have been following that fly for a long time, but they're looking at it, waiting for it to do something. Often, if I just impart a sudden retrieve, that's like a lift, that's like the fly trying to wiggle to the surface.

Seeing that bough in the lane is a bit of a sight indicator, it helps us see when there's a take. Now, obviously when we get a real rod wrenching take, we're going to feel it immediately, but trout, often will just mouth the fly, little sip. Now, what we're looking for is the end of the fly lane, between the rod and the water, we get a little lift in the fly lane and that will tell us that the fish is just playing around with that fly, or we see the end of the fly lane, if we can see that far, it will suddenly dip or dart downwards, and now when we see that obviously, set the hook, lift into the fish, and hopefully all goes well. .