Buzzer-Midge Pupa Construction (wing buds)

Typical Midge Pupa's by SwittersB

Typical Midge Pupa's by SwittersB



Midlander's Bubble Gray Boy Pupa (wing buds)

Midlander's Bubble Gray Boy Pupa (wing buds)


I have noticed a decided difference in UK chironomid pupa construction from the West. UK patterns are sleeker, seldom bead headed and often possess the addition of a ‘wing bud’; almost its own attractor it would seem. I have experimented with this a bit. A couple good midge sites (buzzer, chironomids, gnats)


 “Slim buzzers are really important: the creatures you are imitating are not bulky at any point of their anatomy – so why should your artificial one be so? Secondly, pick a target feature to incorporate in your dressing. In most buzzers the wing bud is quite a distinct feature in the natural, so many fly-tiers emphasise this element. I believe I told readers about this a few weeks ago when I was going through some early season patterns. I use “Tulip T-shirt” paint to get my buzzers with a target spot, but there are many other bits and pieces used. One of the most common materials to get this wing bud effect is a slither cut from a “Walkers” chicken flavoured crisps packet, whilst other tyers use a couple of turns of fluorescent floss silk.”


2 Responses to “Buzzer-Midge Pupa Construction (wing buds)”

  1. 1 Midlander
    January 21, 2011 at 01:40

    Hi, a friend has just directed me to your site, glad you liked my buzzer enough to show it on your blog. If you’re interested you can find a SBS http://homepage.ntlworld.com/radbard88/esbuzzer/” Have fun.

    There’s also a few of my other patterns and a small write up on UK buzzer methods in By Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka.

    All the best and keep up the good work

    Tight lines.

    A. Ferguson.


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