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