CDC Shipmans Buzzer


Midge pupa imitation for stillwater fishing. This pattern has limited use in moving water.

This is a variation of the Shipmans Buzzer. The key to its efficacy is the fur body that moves in the water and imitates the behavior of the natural insect. For more, see the article Shipmans Buzzer. In the UK a chironomid or midge is called a "buzzer."


Vary the size and body color to match naturals. Good color choices are olive, yellow, pink, red, brown, black, or pearl.

Similar patterns include the Goodmans Buzzer .

How to Fish

In lakes, use the static midge presentation. The fly is meant to be fished just below the surface. You might to put floatant on the last foot of your leader or suspend the fly from a dropper a foot or two above a dry fly.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie two CDC feather tips at the tail.

3. Tie in two more CDC feather tips at the head.

4. Tie in tinsel for ribbing.

5. Dub body.

6. Wrap tinsel ribbing.

7. Whip finish and brush out body.

HOOK: Dai Rike 305, size 10-18

THREAD: To match body


BODY: Seal fur substitute

RIBBING: Pearl mylar tinsel