Buzzers trout flies are a midge pupa and are so called because of the buzzing noise they make in swarms. Buzzer Trout Flies start in life as a bloodworm and live in the mud usually in still waters. As they grow, the red colour fades and swim from the mud to the surface in a wriggling action. Once they reach the surface, they will wait before hatching and so quite often drop back down a few times, this is a great period for the trout to feed on buzzer flies. Davie McPhail's Olive buzzer makes use of bright colours and patterns that are sure to get any hungry Trout, feeding.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Olive Lite-Brite Buzzer, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Tying an Olive Lite Brite Buzzer by Davie McPhail - YouTube
A Clyde-style fly is distinct from all other Trout flies. Designed to the exact anatomical proportions of the natural insect, it is slender in outline with delicate body markings and very slim wings set at an unusual angle. Patterns like this Teal & Black are equally successful on stream, river or lake for Trout and Grayling.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Teal & Black Clyde Style Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Clyde Style Wet Fly the Teal & Black tyed with Davie McPhail - YouTube
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.
Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
Speaking of Clyde Style Wet Flies, Davie McPhail also brings to light a superb little handbook by Robert C. Sharp, called "Let's Fish the Clyde". This book has inspired Davie Mcphail to reproduce some of the iconic flies mentioned in this book. Below is a small showreel of the flies that Davie has tied himself and they are simply brilliant:
Slideshow of 21 Clyde Style Wet Flies tyed by Davie McPhail - YouTube
Lure fishing for bass can quickly turn any self-respecting shore angler into a bass enthusiast. Why? The thrill of the smash-and-grab is second to none, as the bass rush out from their cover to attack a lure without warning.
Bass are such incredible creatures that deserve the ultimate respect. Their hunting prowess and fighting capabilities are just mind blowing, with many anglers reporting the bass rod almost being yanked out their hands.
Spinning For Bass
Regarding location, bass inhabit localised pockets early in the season. This all points towards the notion that if you can find where they are holding up, or feeding on a tide, then you have an excellent chance of experiencing that unmistakable smack on the rod.
Tide is the key to the best bass fishing, with the early tide generally the top time to avoid large expanses of beach and the headlands in the early season as the bass will be thin on the ground. Alternatively, look to target specific features such as large underwater rock pools, scours in the seabed carved into flat(ish) reef systems, patches of sand among rocks and gullies between large rocky outcrops. It is these areas where crustaceans and other prey items feel safest from predators, but where bass love to hunt.
Bass Love Boulders, Holes And Gullies
Weather and sea conditions permitting, start your session over the first two hours of the flood within a quiet, sheltered bay, before moving to fish the mid-tide period from the rocky extremity, adjacent to a beach, or even an estuary. You’ll have an increased chance of locating bass that are moving with the tide and using the rougher ground to navigate the coastline.
Soft Plastic Lures Work Well for Bass Too
Lure Fishing For Bass 'Plugging' is a method that is very popular as it allows you to 'grab and go' and suits the roaming angler. It permits bass to show their fighting capabilities, and it can be heart stopping to feel the take as a fish slams into your bass plug. Working surface poppers over the top of some rough ground popping just behind the incoming breakers can get superb results - it is super fun to see bass thrashing the water as they attack the plug.
Use a leader when using surface lures. This helps prevent overzealous actions, which regularly cause the front treble to tangle, damaging your braid or mainline. Simply tie around 12 inches of leader material to the braid, then tie a fast link to the leader to facilitate quick and easy lure changes.
Bass will also take sub-surface lures such as sandeel patterns, pencil lures, and dexter wedges. If using deeper diving or suspending lures you can also go through various different depth levels. The easiest way to do this is to count down until you hit the bottom and work back up from there. For instance, a 10-second countdown and work the lure back, then perhaps an 8-seconds fall and retrieve and so forth. Do not be shy of fishing shallow water, and also casting back along the shoreline among gullies and reef structure.
One of the most popular techniques to use when using bass lures is 'Walking the Dog' where you change retrieve speeds. A very slow retrieve interspersed with lots of motionlessness and ‘dying’ twitches is very effective. You are mimicking a wounded fish, and if the bass are lazy, then they are more likely to hit a slow, erratic lure.
Bass tend to have defined times when they appear over certain marks and like ghosts, often disappearing almost as soon as they arrive. Some areas may experience as short as a 10-minute window of frantic bass activity before the fish have moved on. For this reason, it is essential to be mobile and try and keep an alert eye for a ‘sign’ that indicates moving bass. It could be boulders some 50 metres to the left have drawn the fish, or some other feature or naturally occurring giveaway. Ultimately though, when lure fishing for bass, time-served local knowledge and experience play a big part in any good bass angler’s ability to track their quarry across a particular mark or beat.
The Dunkeld Wet Fly is one of the top all-rounder flies when it comes to targeting Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Davie McPhail's variant of this classic fly features a lot more flashy material which is bound to attract a hungry Brown Trout or Rainbow. The Classic pattern for Salmon is adapted for Trout as an attractor pattern that swims just below the surface of the water and this is where it's success sprouts from.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Dunkeld Sparkler Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Tying a Dunkeld Sparkler (Wet Fly) by Davie McPhail - YouTube
Probably one of the most exciting times for any fly angler is when the Mayflies start to hatch. When the hatch begins, Trout aggressively feed on the larvae, winged and spent state of mayflies. There are in fact 46 different species of Mayfly in the UK and 2,500 in the world, but fly anglers need only know 2, the Large Yellow or Brown Mayfly. Davie McPhail's version of the Mayfly involves the use of CDC material which allows this fly to float, however, if the Trout are feeding just below the surface, the profile of this fly allows it to sink and become a wet fly.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Rollover CDC Mayfly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Tying a Rollover CDC Mayfly (Dry/Wet Fly) by Davie McPhail - YouTube
Beach fishing is all about efficiency. For every single second that your sea bait is in the water, you want it to work to its maximum potential. Realistically, to be as efficient as possible, you would need to put a bait right on the nose of a fish time after time, but even if the fish were giving away their position you would be hard pressed to do it.
Let Your Rig Search The Sea Bed
So, you must be wondering, how do you maximise your time spent with a bait in the water? Well, by using the forces of nature, and by tweaking your sea rigs and equipment you can get your rigs working to their full potential.
One of the most important things while fishing is to search out every single nook and cranny of your peg – there may be a fish-filled hole just waiting to be found. This is made a whole lot easier with a bit of tide movement. But if there is no tide don’t worry. By twitching your rig back every minute or so you will find yourself covering far more ground than simply leaving your rig stationary, hopefully helping it to bump into more fish.
If there is some tide movement, you can simply let it do all the work for you. Cast your lead out into the tide and let it roll around. Casting uptide of your peg will allow you more fishing time before your lead weight has swung too far around.
It is crucial to find the right balance of weight to the strength of the tide. With a light, 2oz weight in a strong tide your rig may roll by far too quickly, yet a heavy lead weight in a weak tide probably won’t move at all.
There are no set rules about how much weight to use, it’s up to you to work it out for yourself, and you’ll know when you’ve got it right.
To cover more ground, it is recommended using plain leads, preferably torpedo or ball-shaped versions, due to the fact they don’t grip the sea bed.
Another hands-free way of moving your baits is by utilising the wave's action. By fishing a slightly slack line (not so slack that it bows on to the beach but not so tight that it’s like piano wire), you will be able to pick up this movement and transfer it to your rig.
The constant crashing motion of the waves hitting your line will help dance your baits around, making them look extra enticing for the fish. Bites may be a bit hard to spot while doing this, though it’s normally noticeable once you’ve got used to the rhythm of the waves moving your rod tip.
The Tronixpro rig floats at the top of your rig are very effective for this purpose. They catch any passing wave movement and help you fish your rig at a slightly different angle in the water column. These floats can be absolutely deadly in the summer months.
With the float being weighted, it also reduces the need for weight on the end of the rig.
There are loads more ways to get the most out of your rig while fishing, like extra-long snoods, or different diameter fishing lines… just far too many to mention in one article. These are some of the favoured ways to get your rigs working in the water but it’s always worth experimenting and trying new ideas, no matter how daft they may seem.
Top 5 Tips
Search all of the seabed.
Always use the tide to your advantage
Cast uptide and let the lead weight swing round
Use the right size sinker
Plain leads work best
Make sure you are using fresh bait at regular intervals
The Shipmans Hopper is a great Stillwater fly, inspired by the classic Shipmans Buzzer, which was invented by Dave Shipman for both Brown Trout and for Rainbow Trout. These flies are very effective during the season, especially when they are fished on a floating line, on a long leader. If you ever find yourself in flat, calm conditions where the Trout are rising, seeking out emergers, tie a Shipman's Hopper on and you'll probably be landing one very soon.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Shipmans Claret Hopper Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Tying the Shipmans Claret Hopper (Dry Fly) by Davie McPhail - YouTube
As the temperature starts to rise and we head into May, this is a wonderful time for fly anglers to take advantage of the fishing opportunities available. Buzzers are perhaps the main hatching insect, and for this reason, it's worth trying a two fly cast with a couple of buzzers in tow.
Buzzers fished static on a slow retrieve or fished naturally with the current is a fantastic method and will result in some powerful pulls, however, using an indicator can significantly increase your catch rate.
The indicator is a fantastic method for presenting buzzer/bloodworm patterns to trout as it fishes your flies at the right depth, and keeping them there - much like the real thing. If trout are cruising at, let's say 6 feet, then a buzzer suspended at that depth has a higher chance of being seen by just about any fish.
Buzzer and Apps Bloodworm on the Indicator
Love it or hate it, using an indicator is deadly and although some might say "it's float fishing," well at least it's not with bait but with an artificial fly. The hardest job is deciding what depth to set the indicator so that the fly combo is working at the right levels. The can be done by assessing the rise forms, or lack of, to make a judgement about the correct depth.
Using two flies under the indicator is an excellent method of covering different depths. If you pick up fish from the dropper, then you can swap over the patterns to see if it is simply the depth or maybe the colour/size of fly that's the deciding factor.
Adjust The Depth
On some fisheries with well-bushed banks or sudden drop-offs, you can get an indicator Buzzer set-up to present the flies really tight up against any structure, and it's a brilliant method to entice a fish to sneak out from cover. Something dropped in close and retrieved away is often unlikely to get a response but keep the patterns 'in their face' and there's a much higher likelihood of a take.
In coloured water, mono or nylon fishing line will be effective, however, if the water is clear then it is more advantageous to use fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon can bring distinct advantages if you fish for wild-bred fish or at catch and release fisheries because it offers lower visibility and it has a low refractive index and is nearly invisible in the water. It is also heavier than mono and gets your flies into the target feeding zone.
Retrieves - Indicator It’s hard to do nothing; your instinct is to chase after fish and cover rises. But the best thing you can do is to be patient, keep your slack line to a minimum, and concentrate on your indicator. It can be far better to choose just where you want to have the flies fish rather than haphazardly casting all the time. Try to fish where you can see activity or where you think the fish may be lying. Areas like over old weed beds, up against banks or structure or where you know there’s a drop-off into deeper water. It’s better to change the depth at which you have set the indicator than to be pulling the flies back!
Striking You might be tempted to wait until the indicator has submerged, however, be aware that fish can have a nosey and you will see the indicator getting 'knocked.' If you observe it getting knocks, and there is no slack in your fly line on the water, give the rod a positive, and confident lift - you don't need to strike so hard that your whole rig ends up in field or bushes behind you! There is a chance that you will hook into a fish. Or, if the indicator dives, a confident and positive lift will hook the fish.
Yes the indicator method is frowned upon by many 'purists' but the important thing is to get people out fishing and supporting the local fisheries and stillwaters. It's great fun, and it does not require constant casting and retrieving. Love it or hate it, fishing the indicator is very popular and it's gaining popularity.
The Rough Olive Compara Dun is a great early season Trout and Sea Trout fly. This dry fly features a very simple and durable design as it only requires 3 different materials to create. The materials used, however, allow the fly to float effortlessly on the water. It shares a similar footprint to that of a Mayfly, but with a few differences, such as the 180 degrees spanned wing which gives it an easy-to-see profile, allowing any hungry Trout to spot it and go for a strike.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Rough Olive Compara Dun Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.
Tying a Rough Olive Comparadun (Dry Fly) by Davie McPhail - YouTube
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