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    Default colour of buzzers

    just wondering what colour naturals you find on your waters and what month approx as i came across this a decade or so ago
    as the year goes by
    lime green black-april may
    grey ginger brown olive -june july aug
    brown black-sept oct
    black- winter
    Last edited by doobrysnatcher; 13-08-2019 at 09:55 PM.
    this is totally based on my emperical research of course only sometimes

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    Default Re: colour of buzzers

    As I only fish rivers during the "normal" trout season i.e. March-September buzzers aren't present. However, on the occassional sortee to a local stillwater fishery out of season (rainbows) a black & green buzzer works wonders & apparently, from the fishery owners recommendations, the same type buzzer works all year round.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Default Re: colour of buzzers

    I used to think there were only a few but recent experience as far as the adults are concerned has shown me there are just about every colour combination you can think of out there, at one time or another.
    As far as the pupae imitations are concerned, black, brown, olive, dark amber and dark red cover everything I need.

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    There are buzzer pupae present in our waters 365 days a year. Different sizes & different colours. Bear in mind that is not common for trout to feed on a given food source to the exclusion of all else. If that were the case most of our lures wouldn't work half as well because they don't represent anything the trout is likely to feed on. Therefore your buzzer can be bigger than the naturals or a different colour, but will still catch fish. Trout are opportunistic - see food and eat it.

    My definite go-to buzzer pattern is a fairly simple pheasant tail. No tails or breathers. Size 10 to 14. 2.8mm tungsten on the 10's for fishing deep, ie 10' plus under an indicator, up to the 14 with a 2mm bead for later in the year when the fish are higher in the water. I put a small thorax of a seal fur mix behind the bead. The base colour is Donegal olive to which is added about 10% red and 10% chopped pearl Litebrite. Mix in a coffee grinder. This mix comes into play for a series of river nymphs that I use 90% of the time.

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    Default Re: colour of buzzers

    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    just wondering what colour naturals you find on your waters
    Are you referring to the larvae, the pupae or the adults?

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    Default Re: colour of buzzers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    Are you referring to the larvae, the pupae or the adults?

    Col
    im assuming that there is very little colour varitations between the pupal and adult stages but i stand to be corrected
    except during emergence when the shruck can look silver from air pockets
    or the thorax getting pumped with hemoglobin turning red or orange
    Last edited by doobrysnatcher; 14-08-2019 at 08:33 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    ... except during emergence when the shuck can look silver from air pockets
    or the thorax getting pumped with haemoglobin turning red or orange
    Exactly...


    That one was from Linlithgow Loch. However a lot of the Scottish adults are drab, grey-olive in colour...


    Loch Leven...


    Ours are definitely less colourful than the ones down south. Here is a Chew 'Grenadier'...


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    Default Re: colour of buzzers

    lovely pictures again
    so a black fly post emergence =a black pupae pre emergence
    red red
    green green
    etc etc and may look different temporarily during emergence?
    this is totally based on my emperical research of course only sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    lovely pictures again
    so a black fly post emergence =a black pupae pre emergence
    red red
    green green
    etc etc and may look different temporarily during emergence?
    Dunno if there is a huge variation in the pupae - as I said, most of the ones I'm familiar with are the Scottish ones, most of the adults being either blackish or grey-olive, apart from a few gingers, and small bright greens.

    I concentrate on imitating the adults. A lot of the folk I know who call themselves 'buzzer' fishers (referring to the pupae) fish all manner of colours - things with blue ribs or fluorescent green butts... like no buzzer that ever lived. They catch fish, but then so do blobs and boobies and fabs and snakes...

    A few more Scottish ones...




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