Classic Buzzer…

Spring fishing means midges all over the place. Both the the adults and the pupaes are cool imitations to fish. The fish, even the small ones, can be extremely selective and difficult. I did a post on these some time ago, but I wanted to present them again. This pattern has always been in my boxes. Besides being one of the first flies I learned to tie, it is also one of my most fished patterns. The colors presented here are my two favourites. The green one seems to be the best in my local waters.This one rarely fails on rising trout…in our times of UV domination, on all kinds of flies, this really is an old school pattern.

Air

1. Tie in some strands of clear antron. Do not cut the ends at this point.

Flosscopper

2. Tie in the copper thread and the floss.

Abdomen

3. Wind the floss around the hook shank. Follow with the copper in nice turns as a ribbing.

Floss Midge

4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl to form the thorax. Whip-finish and varnish.

Midge Red

Floss Buzzer Red…

The midge, the spring & the trout 1…

The spring in Norway is a fantastic time of the year. After a long, dark and cold winter we can finally start fishing for browns again. Fishing midges is great fun, but often extremely difficult. Even the smallest fish gets very selective and hard to catch. Sometimes the fish focus on colour, sometimes size or the way the midge acts on the water. It might take the fully developed insect or only feed on the hatching pupaes. Fine and long tippets are the rule. I fish only directly on rising fish. I do not care about the size of the fish, the sport is the most important thing in this game. I have used a lot of different patterns over the years, some stay with me and some is replaced by new ones. In my next posts I will focus on different midge patterns. It is only our imagination that stops us when tying midge imitations.

These are some of my favourite patterns. They are tied on the beautiful TMC 2488 sz.18.