Goodmans 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 CDC Shipmans Buzzer .

How to Fish

In lakes, use the static midge presentation. The fly is meant to be fished suspended just below the surface.

Tying Instructions

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

2. Tie in antron along the length of the hook shank, leaving it extending from the head and tail of the fly.

3. Wrap polystyrene ball in white mesh ("tool") material and tie it down on top of the hook shank near the head of the fly.

4. Tie in tinsel for ribbing.

5. Dub body up to the polystyrene ball.

6. Rib body up to the polystyrene ball.

7. Tie in hackle.

8. Dub head of fly (only one or two wraps).

9. Wrap hackle parachute-style under polystyrene ball, tie off and trim.

10. Whip finish and brush out body.

HOOK: Dai Rike 305, size 10-18

THREAD: To match body

TAIL: White Antron

BODY: Seal fur substitute

RIBBING: Pearl mylar tinsel

WINGPOST: polystyrene ball wrapped in white mesh (e.g., bridal "tool," available at most craft stores)

HACKLE: Grizzy or grizzly dyed to match body

HEAD: White Antron