The majority of the brown trout had been stocked as fingerlings as the reservoir filled in the early seventies. Although stocked as fingerlings we regarded them as "wild fish".
These trout appeared to spend most of their lives on the bottom which could be up to 90ft down. This called for lead core tactics with powerful rods. These tactics with big lures worked well but there were times when they were right up on the surface with their backs breaking the surface. These times were very rare and generally occurred in the evening following a hot day.
I remember fishing over the Windsor Castle bank with my lead core outfit to fish about 70ft deep. I had had several big rainbows and was drifting very quietly along. The light was just starting to fail and I could see big fish with their backs breaking the surface approaching the boat. They looked sections of car tyres with their thick dark backs slowly breaking the surface. I immediately set up a 9ft rod with a WF5F line with a long leader and a black buzzer. Despite covering several fish and an ultra slow retrieve I could not get a take. Naturally I changed buzzer to a green, then a brown buzzer but still could not get a take. It was most frustrating as the big fish could be clearly seen.
Fortunately in those days, I carried a pocket mini fly tying kit and used it to add a red floss head to my green buzzer. On my second cast I had a take and the water exploded as I hooked into a good brown. After a long fight I landed a 51b 9oz brown trout. Unfortunately the fight had dispersed the shoal. They disappeared and never returned. However looking closely at my trout I realised that some of the backs were of much bigger trout.
That rather tatty nymph also caught fish from many other waters and my friends started to add that red gloss to green buzzers to meet with good success. Lee then came up with the final polished version that is featured in this article. However, I want to make it clear that other anglers started to call it the "B.R. buzzer" and not an act of arrogance on my part.
Although a bright fly, we have found it a good pattern for both brown and rainbow trout. It is in my view a buzzer well worth considering.
Hook: TMC 2457 size 14
Thread: Brown Rib: Pearl mylar-medium
Thorax: Orange rabbit fur Thorax cover: Pearl mylar-wide Tying
1. Start thread 1mm behind eye of hook and in touching turns wind down to the bend.
2. Tie in rib
3. Dub seals fur on to the tying thread and back wind stopping 3mm from the eye
4. Take the ribbing in even turns and bind down.
5. Tie in thorax cover on rabbit fur and take thorax over rabbit fur.
6. Bind down and tie off.
Lee not only produces flies commercially but also provides fly tying materials. He can be contacted at;
Caraway Cottage, 11 Midgham Green, Midgham, Reading, RG7 5TT by phone on 01189 713962