Stevie Munn: Munns Emerging Buzzer

Herl Body Buzzer Emerging Buzzer or Munns Emerging Buzzer 

*A style of pattern so dress them in many sizes and colours*

A fly that many of you will find simply deadly and I guarantee this one, its a wonderful little fly.

Its secret lies in the shuck or tail and this is how it came about. Myself and a old angling friend, Roy Graham, had been fishing a local Stillwater that will remain nameless (its in the Belfast hills). This place has a very good head of wild brown trout and we both knew it very well and were both pretty successful on it, even if I do say so myself. However sometimes trout can out wit the angler and there was a period for about 3 weeks when there was fantastic rises of fish but we could not catch these trout, no matter what we tried. We had seen trout and seen buzzers and we matched the size and colour of the fly but still we where finding it very hard to hook a fish.

This was all about to change when Roy called at my house one morning smiling and said, 'got one, lets spoon it and see what they're on.' I don’t normally keep fish now, but I would take the very odd one for the pot in those days and it's also the best way to find out what they have been eating. After spooning this trout we where both amazed to find out that there was nothing in it but 1000s of buzzer shucks, just shucks! But how to imitate this? luckily I had just taken a order to dress some small Adams dry flies and a genetic grizzle cape was sitting on my fly tying desk and we both noted how alike the barred shucks are the small hackles were, so I wrapped a small hackle to a hook and added a small pinch of CDC to keep it on the surface and we went to the dam. The first cast and we both had fish - we had cracked it!

I started adding grizzle shucks to a lot of our shuttle cock buzzers and found it improved their catch rate greatly. To fish, let the wind make an arc in your line, letting the buzzer drift in the wind. Sometimes when fishing there may be very little water movement to help move the fly so in these cases try a slow figure-of-eight-retrieve or fish as a dry fly static. 

Hook: Partridge Grub & Buzzer hook. #10-18 though the best sizes are #12 #14 #16

Tail: A Small Genetic Grizzle hackle and one strand of Pearl Krinkle (this tail is why this fly is so good and looks like a shuck of the buzzer)

Rib: Fine Wire more turns than on a normal fly and opposite turns from your herl body.

Body: Goose herl or pheasant tail dyed different colours; Apple Green, Black, Grey, Red, Brown, Olive - they all work very well and also can be tyed with stripped peacock .

Thorax: A small pinch of CDC Golden yellow dubbing.

Thorax cover and wing: 3 Natural CDC feathers, tyed like a shuttlecock 

Stevie Munn works full time in the angling sector as a guide, casting demonstrator, writer and qualified game angling instructor and angling consultant, he has appeared in many angling books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world. He has also fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and Loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching lessons in fly fishing and host groups fishing in Canada, Iceland, Argentina, Ireland, and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email anglingclassics@aol.com or get more info at www.anglingclassics.co.uk