Fly Tying Patterns: Wire Wound Buzzer

  • Hook: Kamasan B160 #12 - 16
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Body: Green Uni Wire - Colour and Thickness to match fly size
  • Hackle: Red Ostritch Herl
  • Bead: 3mm Veniard Rainbow Bead

  • Tying Difficulty: Beginner
  • Tied by D. Howard
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Buzzers probably factor number one on the menu of most stillwater trout. Buzzer patterns ('Buzzers') imitate the pupa of a midge or chironomid, they're the small non-biting mosquitos that swarm in the air around the water as soon as the sun comes out and the water temperature rises, although they are present in the water all year round.


Buzzers are often one of the first patterns that a novice tyer learns. Constructed from just thread and a few other materials, they are usually tied with a slim body.

But what if you want to get your buzzer down through the water column without resorting to a sinking line? Simple, you use wire and wrap it up the body instead of using thread.

Match the wire to the size of the fly you are tying and the colour to that of the buzzers where you fish. Although if you want to make it more of an attractor pattern, feel free to try other colours - orange, red, silver etc.

Buzzers do not have to have tread bodies - see the GRHE Suspender Buzzer and the Hare's Ear Para-buzzer.

Pattern Update
On a trip to Ravensthorpe Reservior in June, this 9lb 6oz Rainbow fell to a green wire bodied buzzer.

rainbow trout 9lb 60z