The Butt Cheek Buzzer

Curtis - May, 2019

If you haven't ventured far into the world of chironomids, it's good to understand they come in a large variety of sizes and colors -- not to mention different life cycle phases (i.e. larva, pupa, adult). That means it's always a good idea to have a good assortment of variations in your box.

This style of chironomid has proven to be relatively easy to tie and gets its name from the orange resin wing pads that just look like butt cheeks to me. They stand out to the fish I suppose but either way, this has been a great pattern over the past couple of years. While you certainly can use any material for wing pads/buds, the resin turns out to be durable and eye-catching.

You'll want to fish this as a pupa lower in the water column usually, so I usually put it on point with my team of flies while the flashier pupa patterns will be on my upper droppers. You can also leave out the bead and go weightless with this as well. Just mix it up and try different sizes and weights to get things dialed in. I usually have a weightless, regular bead and a heavier bead version in my boxes.

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 12
  • Hook : Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
  • Breathers: Glo-Brite Floss - Fl. White - 16
  • Bead (Reg): Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors - Jet Black - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Bead (Heavy): Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors - Jet Black - 1/8" (3.3mm)
  • Body: Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill - Holo Natural
  • Wing Pads: Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml - Fl. Orange
  • Wing Pad (option): Solarez Colored UV Resin - Fl. Orange
  • Wing Case: Solarez UV Cure Resin - Black Bone Dry .5 Oz
  • Quill Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Quill Coating: Solarez Bone Dry PLUS 0.5 Fl. Oz. Squeeze Bottle with Tip
  • Tool 1: C&F Design Hackle Pliers
  • Tool 2: Loon UV Infiniti Light
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors
    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

    $7.90
    Glo-Brite Floss
    Glo-Brite Floss

    Glo-Brite Floss

    $3.75
    Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
    Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

    Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

    $17.99
    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook
    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

    $8.95
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

    $4.45
    Loon UV Infiniti Light
    Loon UV Infiniti Light

    Loon UV Infiniti Light

    $59.99
    Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless
    Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless

    Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless

    $12.95
    Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml
    Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml

    Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml

    $15.99
    Solarez Colored UV Resin
    Solarez Colored UV Resin
    Solarez Colored UV Resin

    Solarez Colored UV Resin

    $13.00
    Gulff Colored Resin 15 ml
    Gulff Colored Resin 15 ml

    Gulff Colored Resin 15 ml

    $15.99
    C&F Design Hackle Pliers
    C&F Design Hackle Pliers

    C&F Design Hackle Pliers

    $60.95
    Loon Ergo Bodkin
    Loon Ergo Bodkin

    Loon Ergo Bodkin

    $9.99