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Old 07-07-2014, 12:00 PM
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I had a chat with an angler at my local fishery lately, on the subject of buzzer hooks, he stated that his usual set up for buzzer fishing was a team of three, two straight hook buzzers for the droppers, and a curved or grub style one for the point.!!!
So this made me think that I've been doing it wrong all these years, as I never tie buzzers on straight hooks, I'm wondering what advantage is gained, and for what reason, if any, do they catch more fish ?
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:16 PM
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You need to know how buzzers move in the water and their different life stages. When swimming they go from curved to straight, to curved. When they reach the water surface, they straighten out in the surface film then the adult midge hatches out.
I use curved hook if fishing deep to subsurface, straight for high up in the water. I now go for straight hook on point and curved on droppers and try to fish the point high in the water, Shipman's buzzers are very good this and creates a washing line effect.
Obviously, if cold and fishing deep, I'll use all curved or a straight on top dropper.
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They curve when they are "swimming" and are straight when resting/drifting. These activities take place at all depths from the lake bed to the surface and as they must spend as much time resting as swimming it seems to me that it doesn't matter what shape hook you use.

I agree that curved hooks look better, but that is to us. I don't think the fish care one hoot. A buzzer is a buzzer is a .... whether it is curved or straight and the fish will eat is as such. One of my most successful buzzer patterns is tied on a B175 size 10 and I've caught hundreds of fish on it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:44 AM
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Thanks to you both, for the informative and helpful answers, I'll certainly give the straight hook buzzers a go the next time I'm out.
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