Conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their
Fly of the Month
Gary LaFontaine created this simple pattern to represent a small clump of midges.
During heavy hatches of these diminutive insects trout will switch from taking individual
flies and grab a mating cluster when it floats by. This fly in sizes 12 and 14 can
be very effective in that situation. In recent years guides on the Missouri River
have been using small sizes with great success during mayfly hatches. One theory
being that some ultra selective fish are feeding on drowned flies and the Buzz Ball
imitates that. Whatever the reason it seems to work well. When tying, the first
hackles are wound on then trimmed short creating a small round compact body. The
last hackle is palmered through the body then clipped to form Vs on the top and bottom.