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Shipman’s Buzzer – Davie McPhail

Davie ties up a trio of buzzers here running through 3 different dressings for the popular UK buzzer. It’s a really a simple fly to tie and works well on both sides of the pond. I like tying mine with seal fur and tend to stick to darker colors to imitate Chironomid pupae.

Hook: Kamasan size B170
Thread: Thread colour to suit pattern
Rib: Uni-Pearl
Body: Seals Fur or Sub
Breathers: Glo-Brite Multi-Yarn No16, White Etha Foam or Natural CDC Feathers


Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa – Hans Stephenson

A nice little emerger to fish in the film. Hans mentions that he “greases” the CDC, so it would be alright to sub in some other materials for the post that is a bit more durable. Adding floatant to CDC will push down the air trapping barbules on the feather that help male it a natural floater. If you do use CDC, it should float nicely in the film without the floatant.

Hook: Diichi 1130
Thread: Black 16/0
Post: White CDC (3)
Body: Pheasant tail
Rib: silver wire
Thorax: Peacock or Olive Brown Ice Dub


Hot Zebra Midge – Curtis Fry

It can be tough to keep things skinny while tying midges, but Curtis shows us how to do it. You could even drop the size of your thread down to keep things even skinnier if you need it on smaller sized flies. Personally, I don’t like using a round wire on these, so I would swap the wire for a mylar tinsel. I might also put on a bit smaller bead so I don’t need to put a lot of thread behind the bead. The flash wing isn’t something I normally use on my zebra midges, but I think it is a nice touch and will start adding it from here on in.