Top 7 Buzzer Patterns to try for Trout this April
When it comes to catching trout in reservoirs throughout April, buzzers will almost certainly be part of their diet. Us anglers will need to replicate these as closely as possible in terms of movement, shape, and colour. Here are Kieron’s Top 7 Buzzer Patterns to try this April.
For us reservoir anglers April is the month when things start to change, the temperatures rise and insect life increases. Buzzers are usually the first to appear, with sedge, midge and various species of beetles to follow. Although all of these insects provide great fishing and feed, Buzzer time really is my favourite.
A good friend of mine once said “When you get it right, fishing buzzers will probably be the easiest method you’re ever going to use“, and he certainly wasn’t wrong! What he meant was that when you’re buzzer fishing, you basically have to cast out and hold on, and nothing else – other than keeping the line straight. Simply don’t move them.
Being a readily natural food source, almost every fish in the lake will switch onto them and buzzers give the angler an opportunity to fish for the resident trout in the lake, ones that have been there for months or even years after being introduced. Matt Russell and I done just this at Farmoor 1 Reservoir over the weekend, a strict Catch and Release policy means that the trout can often become tricky; light tippets and small flies are often required to fool them, along with a good fly selection.
Top 7 Buzzer Patterns
- Specialist Red Buzzer – Size 12. This fly ticks all the boxes for me, it’s slim, it’s drab but has a length of pearl over the back that gives subtle flash, enough to attract fish and not put them off eating if the conditions are bright.
- Black Traffic Light Buzzer – Size 10. A pattern that has proven it’s worth in my fly box time and time again. The segmented body tied with stripped peacock quill gives a realistic look, whilst the red holographic covered with pearl over the thorax and orange goose biot cheeks gives attraction.
- Red Superglue Buzzer – Size 10. An out and out attention seeker! This bright red buzzer is great for targeting stocked fish which are not responding to lures. Fish this on the point of a team of buzzers to hopefully tempt some of the fresher fish along with bloodworm feeders.
- 3D Black Glass Buzzer – Size 10. An excellent buzzer pattern that can be fished anywhere on the cast, or as a single fly under a strike indicator! A favourite of mine when fishing gin clear water.
- Two Tone Black Buzzer – Size 12. A fly designed by Nymphomaniac team mate and Fulling Mill ambassador, Rob Edmunds. This fly has accounted for many double figure fish across most Anglian Water venues for Rob, along with a handful of overwintered fish over 4lb at Farmoor Reservor for myself.
- Slow Sink Black & Red – Size 10. When the fish are feeding high in the water but not taking the adults from the surface, this pattern can produce the goods. Fishing it slow on a floating line with co-polymer tippet, whilst casting at rising fish.
- Orange Okey Dokey – Size 10. The ultimate small water buzzer pattern. For best results, fish this pattern under the indicator, changing the fly colour regularly also works too as small water fish can become fly shy.
Here is a great article on Buzzer Fishing from Rob Edmunds, he highlights all the aspects of how to fish buzzers.
If you buy flies and are planning to fish buzzers this season, the flies in this Top 7 Buzzer Patterns article are all available from Fulling Mill, check out the Buzzer Range here.