The last few days I’ve been working on some patterns that I really don’t tie much…. Buzzers. I’m not much of a lake guy but if I was I’d be geeking out on Buzzers way more than I am right now. I’ve been working on a variation of a buzzer to use on the Missouri River but that’s a whole “nother” story…
The River Buzzer and why not? A midge is a midge is a chironomid so why wouldn’t a scaled down lake version work on the Missouri River? Time to tie up some new sexy bugs! The part of the buzzer that really catches my eye are the gill pads. Usually some shinny stuff or even goose biots. For the last few days I haven’t been able to find the right color for the gill pads. I want an orange!
So I took some flashabou and ran an orange Sharpie down it, right? Looks amazing! All looks good until you hit it with resin and all the color comes off leaving me with some regular old flashabou for gill pads. The fish probably won’t care but what if they do? After a day of obsessing over it I cursed my 20 year collection of tying materials and wrote orange flashabou or holo on my shopping list.
Serious? I don’t have any orange flash or holo? What kind of fly tier am I? Well… After going to the gym and coming back to the vise I felt a presence in my tying room. It guided me to the flashy stuff drawer, throwing stuff around, maybe a bit of cursing and talking to my self. And there it was? Kreinik Metallic Flash… Orange style! Every once in a while the tying goods are smiling down upon us fly tiers.
Stay tuned for more on the River Buzzer!