How to Tie: The Butt Cheek Buzzer

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Butt Cheek Buzzer.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Novice

The Butt Cheek Buzzer, quite the funky name but is also known as a still-water Chironomid pattern. A Chironomid is also known as a midge or a lake fly and they are distributed throughout most waterways around the world. If you are a trout fisherman, you know this first hand. They go nuts for these things!

These little bugs are unique in that they come in many sizes and colors and quickly change from one lifestyle to another. That being said, it is important to know a little bit about them and keep a few in your fly box. This fly is tied with Glo-Brite Floss which acts as a breather. With that said, this fly should be fished as a pupa lower in the water column. It works very well as a lead fly to ensure that it rides a tad higher in the water column.

Typically a midge fly is either tied with wire ribbing or a feathered quill. The Butt Cheek Buzzer is tied using a synthetic style quill which works just as well as a real feather. Be creative with this fly. Tie it in different sizes and colors until you find what works. As mentioned previously, Chironomids vary in colors and so having a nice selection won’t hurt.


  • Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook – 12
  • Hook : Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless – 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier – Black
  • Breathers: Glo-Brite Floss – Fl. White – 16
  • Bead (Reg): Plummeting Tungsten Beads – Painted Colors – Jet Black – 7/64″ (2.8mm)
  • Bead (Heavy): Plummeting Tungsten Beads – Painted Colors – Jet Black – 1/8″ (3.3mm)
  • Body: Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill – Holo Natural
  • Wing Pads: Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml – Fl. Orange
  • Wing Case: Solarez UV Cure Resin – Black Bone Dry .5 Oz
  • Quill Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Quill Coating: Solarez Bone Dry PLUS 0.5 Fl. Oz. Squeeze Bottle with Tip
  • Tool 1: C&F Design Hackle Pliers
  • Tool 2: Loon UV Infiniti Light

Now you know how to tie the Butt Cheek Buzzer.

Video and Ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.

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