It is said that Dr. Howard Bell made the first chironomid imitation in the 1920s. The buzzer got its name from both the inventor and the lake the fly was first used in, The Blagdon Lake. It is unknown who the first tier was to make the Grey Boy Flexi-Floss Buzzer, but it is a chironomid imitation worth having in your fly box.
Materials for Grey Boy Flexi-Floss Buzzer
|Wingcase:||Holo Tinsel||Silver Medium|
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Slideshow on How To Tie a Grey Boy Flexi-Floss Buzzer
Step 1 – Make the Body
Tie in your tying thread close to the point where it is aligned with the hook’s point. Take one strain of UNI-Flexx and tie it down while also building up the underbody with your tying thread. Go quite far down the hook’s bend with your tying thread. Take your tying thread back to the point where you tied it in, and make sure that you have built up a tapered body. Stretch the UNI-Flexx while making the first wraps around the body. Leave some space between each turn. Tie it off at the same point where you tied it in.
Step 2 – Make the Thorax, and Wings
Tie in one strain of medium Silver Holo Tinsel on top of the hook. Make a loop with the red UNI-Flexx around your tying thread and tie it in on the underside of the hook. Stretch the UNI-Flexx while tying it in and, at the same time, build up the thorax. Fold the Holo Tinsel over the thorax and tie it off before folding the UNI-Flexx over the thorax. The UNI-Flexx should be tied off on top of the thorax. Stretch and snip off any excess UNI-Flexx before securing your tying thread with a whip finish or a few half-hitches. Complete the buzzer by covering the body, thorax, and head with a layer of varnish or two.
How to Fish the Grey Boy Flexi-Floss Buzzer
Many fly fishers prefer using an indicator when fishing buzzers and chironomids. Instead of an indicator it might also be worth using a large dry fly. Many are making a rig with 2 to 4 buzzers to target different depths in lakes. If you fish in rivers, you will have more control over your tackle with fewer flies.