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Grey Boy Buzzer

Grey Boy Buzzer

A Must-Have Chironomid Pupa Grey Boy Buzzer If you haven't seen or fished the popular Grey Boy Buzzer, it's about time, as they say in Cheech's home town, you get all "lerned up".  Either way, there's good reason it's a popular style chironomid pupa pattern -- it plain works. And by "work" I mean that it's easily becoming a staple in my fly box, right alongside the  Oil Slick Buzzer  and my standard  Universal  or the  smaller quill bodied  patterns. And to put on my nerdly bug hat here, one of the reasons it does so well is that it's a spot-on imitation of a pupating chironomid as they ascend to the surface to hatch. Although there are many different color combinations you'll see in the naturals, one of the more common ones I see is the gray/white segments with black and/or red segment dividers that we're imitating with the Grey Boy. Grey-boyish looking pupa As with most of my pupa patterns, I'm fishing these

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Belly Scratcher Tube Fly - Rainbow Trout Version

Belly Scratcher Tube Fly - Rainbow Trout Version

You Need Some Tubes in Your Life Belly Scratcher Tube Fly I just realized that the title of this post seems like a gadget sold on an infomercial.. "Do you ever have trouble scratching your own belly??!!?? Well today is your lucky day!!!!"  Sorry to disappoint those of you who have problems scratching your itchy belly, but this post is about a tube fly.   Perch Flavor I was intent on showing Curtis that he really needed to fish conventional gear in the thick reeds that surrounded the boat that day.  It was early summer and the bass had just finished spawning - enough for them to start to hunt for food again.  My baitcaster setup was rigged "properly" with 50 pound braided line, a high speed reel, and a hollow bodied frog that I had custom colored and could get to "walk the dog."  Curtis had his Sage Bass rod rigged up with a TUBE fly of all things.  It was his Deflectinator fly that wobbled and vibrated due it's backward cone at the he

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Masked Marauder

Masked Marauder

two tone stone Masked Marauder variation I have been intrigued by stoneflies for the last few years, and I take great joy in fishing them in fast water that is often passed up by anglers searching for hatches and dragging the bottom of the stream with micro flies.  Most anglers where I live are intent on fishing smaller flies in the slower runs, and while they catch fish, they typically pass up bigger stoneflies and faster water all together.  Any time spent in the riffles with a seine will quickly reveal how many stoneflies there are, and how they must be a significant food source.  Those seine samples also taught me that golden stoneflies are completely two toned - dark on top, and light on bottom.  That seems like it would be very obvious, but most commercially tied golden stonefly nymphs have a big ol' gold bead at the head.  Yes they catch fish... BUT, I was obsessed on making the whole thing two toned.  This is why I started pulling thin skin or skinny skin over

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Oil Slick Buzzer

Oil Slick Buzzer

A Flashy Chironomid Pupa Weighted (top) and Un-weighted (bottom) Oil Slick Buzzers It's really hard for me to pass up a chance to fish Chironomids -- especially when fish are actively cruising and picking off the Chironomid pupa as they ascend through the water column. So each year as I refill my buzzer boxes, I usually end up tweaking a few existing patterns or try something altogether new.  A couple of years back, as I was messing with a new (to me) type of flashabou, I realized it was more translucent than some of the other flashabou or tinsel materials I'd tied with before. Then the gears began to turn when I started to wonder how it would look wrapped over different colors of thread or wire. Turns out the thread color didn't matter as much, but the wire sure did. And when you tightly wrap the flashabou over the wire, it creates a sorta "oil slick" looking reflective translucent effect. So when I needed a name for this pattern, I turned to t

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