Flies used by our anglers during April

Effective flies to use during April:-

A Fluorescent Green Buzzer Fly - an excellent  fly for April An example of a CDC emerger buzzer A Black Gnat A “Shipman’s” Buzzer Another Fritz pattern - The Orange Fritz.


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An example of a CDC emerger buzzer

CDC emerger.

The CDC (Cul De Canard) feather has wonderful floating capabilities, one of it’s best uses is in the CDC buzzer. A deadly pattern wherever buzzers are hatching. Used on a floating line, the fly is cast out and then either wait for the trout to take the fly, cover a rise with the fly or pull the CDC under the surface of the water and allow it to resurface with the buoyancy of the CDC feathers, the latter method can have dramatic catching effects.

A “Shipman’s” Buzzer

Shipman’s Buzzer.

Try it at about 4ft deep

A simple, scruffy looking, and scruffier the better Fly. Just perfect for tricky surface feeders locked onto hatching buzzers.

A good winter fly - the Haemoglobin Buzzer

The Haemoglobin Buzzer.

Generally fished deep and close to the bottom always useful to have a few in your box.
There are many variants of the so called “Buzzer”, fishing with one on a bright sunny day can be effective. The fly can be fished like many buzzers on either an intermediate or floating line using a very slow figure of eight retrieve. Takes can be about 2-4ft deep fished close to weed beds in shallow water. In winter this type of fly can be excellent when trout are still taking buzzers as part of their diet.

A good winter fly - the Ice Buzzer

Matchstick Buzzer

The matchstick buzzer is a simple, awesome fly for stillwaters. A very basic buzzer pattern that gets it’s name from looking like a match with a slim body and rounded head. There are many colour variations for this fly, but the most common are black or red body and heads in Fluorescent green, Fluorescent orange, red, pink or yellow.

Wide gape hooks patterns in larger sizes are usually favoured and believed to aid hookups. The rib can be wound in tight or wide turns and it is worthwhile to keep a few different rib variations in your box.

A Pheasant tailed nymph

Dawson’s Olive with fluro pink tail

A very popular stillwater and reservoir lure in the UK. The Dawson’s Olive is best used in warmer months when trout start feeding on Damselfly nymphs. Try close in to the banks where trout are picking up this food.

Use a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve. The rest of the year can produce using an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.

The Dawson’s Olive can be tied with different coloured marabou for the tail. A slight difference like this in the design of the lure can prove very effective.

The Dawson’s Olive pictured is tied with Straggle Fritz rather than the traditional Chenille Body and a thorax of Olive Ostrich Herl to give a bit more pulsating movement at the head.

A Bibio - an excellent winter fly pattern but also good throughout the year

The Bibio

The Bibio also known as the Hawthorn or Heather fly. Fished with a twitching action or pulled just under the waters surface to imitate the fly. It's a good fly to pull through waves on a windy day. Fished on a floating line with a long leader.