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Hot Spot Epoxy Buzzer

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This is a fly which has been working wonders on stillwaters this year and is fished static. I like to fish it with a vK Special or other biggish CdC fly on the top dropper, and two of these buzzers below that.


Hook: Ashima F55 curved shank 10 to 14
Beadhead: copper or tungsten (the latter sinks faster)
Abdomen and thorax: Flexifloss
Divider: fluorescent floss, silver or gold tinsel, or anything you wish.


The divider needs to be about 4mm and tied inbetween abdomen and thorax and can bulge a little. The best mixtures of colours are those which contrast greatly - so, black Flexifloss goes well with dividers in gold, silver, red, orange and bright green floss. Red Flexifloss goes with silver, gold, yellow etc. But the mixture is to suit the circumstances. The abdomen should occupy about 3 eighths of the fly length

Finally: varnish the whole with thin rod varnish, after varnishing the bead (if necessary) with black varnish. Believe me, this last bit really makes a difference.

Using Flexifloss

1. Don't let white Flexifloss come into contact with any other colour - you will get leaching. Also, keep it out of the sun or it will go yellow.

2. Tie it in at the 'shoulder' and then pull quite hard as you bind it down tightly to the shank as the thread goes to the rear of the abdomen. Then run the silk back to where the Thorax is to start, and wind the Fexifloss on tightly up to the silk.

3. Use two strands of Flexifloss rather than one - it gives better coverage, and you will be able to build up an abdomen which increases in thickness as you approach the thorax area.

4. Mix contrasting colours to give a stripped herl effect. Black and white do this perfectly.

Tied by David Westwood.

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