Oil Slick Buzzer

Curtis - May, 2016

It is 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 the fly naming Ninja, Cheech, and that's what stuck.
Cool looking colors aside, what I have now realized after fishing this for a couple of years is that I've caught more fish on this pattern than really any other buzzer (chironomid) pattern I use.

As far as materials go, it's a simple one, but it's important you get the right flashabou (or tinsel if you choose).

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel - 12
  • Thread #1: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
  • Thread #2: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Breathers: Glo-Brite Floss - Fl. White #16
  • Body: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Large
  • Ribbing: Hend's Pearl Round Ribbing 30 - Black Pearl
  • Wing Pads: Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml - Fl. Orange
  • Wing Case: Gulff Colored Resin 15 ml - Black Magic
  • Quill Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Brassie Size

$1.75
Veevus Holographic Tinsel
Veevus Holographic Tinsel

Veevus Holographic Tinsel

$3.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

$7.90
Para Post Wing Material
Para Post Wing Material

Para Post Wing Material

$3.50
Mirage Tinsel - Opal
Mirage Tinsel - Opal

Mirage Tinsel - Opal

$1.65
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hanak H 333 BL Czech Nymph Hook
Hanak H 333 BL Czech Nymph Hook

Hanak H 333 BL Czech Nymph Hook

$8.95