Fly Tying Patterns: GRHE Suspender Buzzer

GRHE Suspender Buzzer - Fly Tying Pattern
  • Hook: B400 #12
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Rib: Oval Gold
  • Body: Hare's Ear Dubbing
  • Wing: White CDC
  • Hackle: Hare's Ear Dubbing

  • Tying Difficulty: Beginner
  • Tied by D. Howard
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This variant of the GRHE Buzzer uses CDC (Cul de Cannard) to hold it in the surface film of the water. CDC are the feathers around the preen or uropygial gland of many birds including ducks, geese and swans. Duck CDC is typically used in most trout patterns.

Use a good bunch of between 3 and 5 CDC feathers depending on their size, but it's worth tying one up and testing in a glass of water to adjust how it sits in the surface film.

CDC feathers are very efficient at floating due to the way the fibres trap air and not as once thought, due to their natural oiliness from the preen gland. Many tyers wash their CDC in a gentle detergent believing that this helps them float better.

CDC is available in a range of colours and the brighter colours can be used as a sight-aid.