Shipmans Buzzer

Created by Dave Shipman


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

Admittedly, this fly looks stupid: no trick materials, no fancy imitation, just a few simple materials wound on a hook. But in the UK, were it originated, Shipmans Buzzer is so effective that it is banned from some waters. 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 CDC Shipmans Buzzer and 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 in Antron and wrap over it along the length of the hook shank, leaving it extending from head and tail.

3. Tie in tinsel for ribbing.

4. Dub body.

5. Wrap tinsel ribbing.

HOOK: Dai Riki 305, size 10-18

THREAD: To match body

TAIL: White Antron

BODY: Seal fur subsitute

RIBBIN: Pearl mylar tinsel

HEAD: White Antron