Dry Buzzers

Dry Buzzers

Hook: Tiemco TMC 100BL
Tail/Shuck: Z Lon
Rib: Gold/Silver wire
Body: Squirrel/SLF blend mixed colours
Hackle: White tipped badger

To all intents and purposes this is the dry buzzer pattern of Mick Huffer published in December 2018’s edition of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine. As I had a white-tipped badger cape seemed worth tying up a few to fill a spot in my Eyebrook box. Have added a shuck to some and using a squirrel/SLF blend rather than seals fur as it’s a bit easier to get a slimmer body. Super quick to tie and suitably scruffy. I’ve always found that the usual Shipmans tend to lie a little too flat, hoping this pattern might sit better in the surface film – if the Z Lon is too buoyant then CDC probably the way to go.

Durham Ranger

Durham Ranger

Hook: Hayabusa 761 black nickel #10
Tag: Yellow floss
Butt: Peacock Herl
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Body: Claret floss
Wing: Pair of tippet with Jungle Cock each side
Throat: Claret hackle fibres
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

Start of a journey to tying more complex flies. Eventually, I aim to tie classic Atlantic salmon flies but that’s some way down the road. To start, the opposite page in Ken Sawada’s Wet Flies to the Colonel Downman’s Fancy that I posted earlier has a wet fly interpretation of the classic Durham Ranger salmon fly.

Kingsmill (Variant)

 

Kingsmill (Variant)

Hook: Hayabusa 373
Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest
Butt: Blue tinsel sealed with UV resin
Rib: Oval Siver tinsel
Body: Peacock Herl dyed black
Hackle: Black hen
Wing
: Turkey Quill dyed black
Topping: Golden Pheasant Crest
Cheeks: Jungle cock splits
Thread: Danvilles 6/0

Quite a few things to work on with this pattern – cheeks are too large, wing has split but reason for tying it was to have a go at adding Golden Pheasant topping to a fly.