meet Buzz

by Hans Weilenmann

Buzz h.Weilenmann

Buzz is just the way we (insect-eating fish and me) like them. scruffy, buggy, undefined silhouetty, heavy imprinty, fuzzy and translucenty.
Hans points out it can be either a caddis or stonefly imitation and to us it looks like it’ll in one way or another resemble just about any on-the-water bug, meaning that when you’re in that indecisive  “dunno what fly to tie on… “ mode, this one is the one to grab.
it’s also a pretty straightforward tie with just two feathers and no special intricacy involved in its making. its sorta like what a Griffith’s Gnat has become after centuries of evolution. it developed a shape and dropped the dumb, fragile glitter-stuff.
the more we look at it the better it looks.

Matt’s Gnat

i can’t get enough of the wonderful Duff erm… stuff over at Tightline Productions !
this time we’re treated with Matt  Grobert’s awesome alternative to the already awesome must-have, all time favorite fish catcher: the Griffith’s Gnat.
we’ve already seen Andreas Lestander’s great version, here’s another with a twist that looks just as promising.

a better G-Gnat

Andreas Lestander‘s variation of the Griffith’s Gnat

not much to say about this pattern except for it’s an absolute must-have go-to fly for any trout or grayling fisher. (or any bug slurping fish !) for some reason it’s supposed to resemble a gnat… but to me it simply looks yummy-buggy and experience has taught me that the fish feel the same. ’nuff said.

typically tied by wrapping the peacock herl forward, fixing it, then wrapping the feather forward over the herl then tying off, Andreas shows us here how to make a much stronger bond of the two materials by wrapping them both around the tying thread before winding the whole lot together towards the hook eye. this makes for a super-tough and buggier version than the original G-Gnat while keeping all it’s attractive properties. who wants to have a fly that’s working really well fall apart after just a few fish ? not me.
brilliant !