Pheasant Tail Buzzers

Pheasant Tail Buzzers

Patterns that owe no small amount of heritage to Arthur Cove’s pheasant tail, Dennis Moss’s grey buzzer and British Columbia stillwater pheasant tail chironomid patterns from the likes of Brian Chan. They’re in my box to fill that gap between the ubiquitous, fast sinking, epoxy buzzers and patterns such as slower sinking snatchers. To that end, they’re perfect for when trout are feeding on chironomid pupae relatively high in the water, be that rainbows in lakes or wild browns in lochs. Very quick to tie, so easy to put together some basic colour combinations in sizes 12 and 14.

Hook: Tiemco TMC 2487 #12-14
Rib: Copper, Gold, Silver wire
Body: Pheasant tail natural, black, olive, claret
Wing buds: Jungle Cock splits
Thorax: Hemmingways UV dub various
Breathers: Hen fibres dyed white
Thread: Danville 6/0 various

Pheasant Tail Buzzer

Grizzly Olive Snatcher

Grizzly Olive Snatcher

Hook: Tiemco TMC2487 #12
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Olive seals fur
Body hackle: Grizzly olive rooster
Shoulder hackle: Grizzly olive hen
Cheeks: Chartreuse turkey biots
Thread: Danville 6/0 olive

Snatchers have become such a routine fly to tie that it seems almost mundane to post another one. On the other hand, they don’t half catch fish.

Kate McLaren Snatcher

Kate McLaren Snatcher

Hook: Tiemco TMC2487 #12
Tag: Globrite #12
Rib: Silver wire
Body: Seals fur, dyed black
Body hackle: Black rooster
Shoulder hackle: Red rooster
Cheeks: Jungle Cock splits
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

Originally tied to represent the large buzzers found on Loch Leven, a staple pattern on many a loch and Stillwater.