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    Agreed. If the buzzer / nymph / whatzit needs to get deep, it's better to fish it on the point and live with the frustration of the odd tangle. Or do a New Zealand rig, although I strongly suspect I get even more dry-fly refusals on a NZ rig than when I fish the dry on its own. The fly in the pic is a DDD-ish fat thing. You know my flies - they bear a general resemblance at best to what I tried to tie!

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    The setup as per photo, with the dry on the dropper also works better than NZ rig. Plus you get the advantage of the point/buzzer fly that can go deep.

    I think, buzzers are fished way to little in SA, what do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    I think, buzzers are fished way to little in SA, what do you think?
    I just put two trout in the freezer that would agree with you 100%

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    I don't fish buzzers enough either, I must admit. I do however fish a lot of klinkhammers and other emerger style flies, which are generally more effective to me than buzzers. (IMHO)
    I don't fish them enough though, as I said.

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    ... then again, we fish plenty of brassies in SA, which I'm sue get taken for midge pupae amongst other things. But Korrie I think you're probably referring to "proper" buzzer fishing like the English do, or the Great canadian Chironomid Season. I've certainly fished SA waters where bloodworm formed a significant part of the trouts' diet. It follows that these waters should have good buzzer fishing also.

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    The good old 'washing line' and/or fishing a team of three buzzers dead-drifted with the wind as I've mentioned several times before, for me at the right times will often get more, better conditioned and bigger Troot on average than other methods - especially during winter/spawning. It works for me anyway and I guess it takes a bit of confidence to dead-drift in a dam using the edges of the wind lanes where the pupae get trapped to your advantage - but if some of you guys havn't yet tried it, really give it a go! You often get savage takes (from fish, not the car guards) using the most innocent, easy- and inconspicuous of fishing flies! And you're mostly fishing with a floating line or intermediate if the wind's strong and fishing a long leader just sub-surface, so it's good fun. More so than mechanically dredging or stripping egg-sucking leeches or hot-spot PTNs for poor stockies who've only just enjoyed a day or two of freedom from their hatchery..
    Last edited by chris williams; 02-12-09 at 07:03 PM.
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    hi guys, you'll be pleased to know my boring monologue was just interrupted by an electrical storm sent our way courtesy of the boys of the Vaal...

    I was just going to add, for dam fishing in summer even in the midday heat especially if there's a slight ripple on the water, a buzzer olive or black on top dropper, with olive PTN on middle dropper (hybrid buzzer/baetis or small damsel nymph initation) and size 12 or 10 neutral density light or dark olive marabou damsel nymph on point, also fished just sub-surface can be a killer. The damsel naturally fishes better twitched and fastish retrieves a la natural which migrates to the shoreside reeds to mate during the day, and buzzers fished this way often give them a bit more added attraction from the thousands of other guys lying static in the water. Sometimes dead-drifted even the damsel will induce takes. It's also useful to note that a lot of the natural nymphs/pupae/larvae of the various insects tend to take on a more camouflaged olive/green colour ILO browns/sepias in summer especially when you're talking summer-rainfall areas when the weeds and plants turn green

    Of course various density dragon nymphs work a treat around weedbeds, but we were talking more about fishing with buzzers as part of a 'team'. Personally I would only fish one fly around a weedbed anyway as the rest would tend to get hooked up in the weeds if you got a decent fish

    Excuse hurried typing, another load of celestial high-voltage heading this way!

    Hope the above info I've sort of gleaned over many years of trial/error is of some use, and even correct, for some of the time at least!
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    Put it this way!! If you don't fish ''Poppernels'' U.V. Nymph or Taddy, expect a slow day.

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