My buzzer fly uses only four materials: two kinds of thread and two sorts of tinsel.
I have found it practical to build the abdomen of the buzzer fly with stretchy kind of body thread (in this case UNI Stretch) which lays flat and allows for a uniformly narrow profile. On the other hand for the thorax I use rather thick tying thread (in this case UNI 6/0) which builds up the required thorax volume easily.
The rib is Gütermann Sulky tinsel from an embroidery shop and the wing buds are orange tinsel from UNI. The buds can be formed from many other materials – thin strips of candy wrappers and stretch floss are notable options – but the orange tinsel works fine with me.
Step 2: The hook
I am using a heavy wire curved shank hook, in this case #10 Kamasan B110 Grubber hook. Its heavy wire will lend the buzzer a high density with a slim profile.
[B]Step 3: The Body Thread and the Ribbing[/B]
Attach the body thread and ribbing tinsel. Be sure to tie in the thread in the future throax area – the extra bulk will not be noticed here.
Step 4:The Body
Build the body by wrapping the UNI Stretch thread to the hook bend and back to the thorax area. Whip finish, cut off the body thread and tie in the 6/0 thread, again making sure any knots will be hidden by thorax.
Step 5:The Ribbing
Wrap the ribbing, tie it off in the area of future thorax. The last turn or two need not be too tidy, as they will be covered by the thorax.
Step 6: Tie in the Cheeks
The tinsel I am using for the cheeks comes with one side Orange, the other Peacock colored. The orange side will be showing on the finished fly, so I tie it in with the peacock side up. Attach it at “belly” side of the fly.
Step 7: Fold the Tinsel
Now fold the tinsel, so that both ends are facing to the tail of the fly, still showing the peacock side. Proceed to build up the thorax of the fly, taking care to leave enough space by the eye of the hook for a neat head.
Step 8: Fold the first cheek over
Finally fold the tinsel over, creating the cheek. Make sure it runs diagonally over the thorax. In order to handle the slippery Mylar more easily I secure the cheeks one at at time.
Step 9: Create the second cheek
Fold the second piece of mylar over, creating the second cheek. Notice how both pieces of mylar are fastened diagonally, forming a sort of letter X.
Step 10: Finishing touches
Clip off the mylar, form a neat head. Take a step back and enjoy your work!
While not entirely essential it is recommended that you lacquer the fly with a nail polish or other varnish of your choice.
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