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PB’s bung buzzers

Posted on 28 March 2013 by Vincent

Most Dutch anglers will know this weeks guest tier. He’s a well-known figure on De Ronde Bleek. His name is Pieter-Bas Broeckx. PB has tied 4 of his favorite buzzers for us. This week we’ll show 2 of them.

Pieter-Bas with one of his favorite victims: A big Ronde Bleek rainbow

Pieter-Bas with one of his favorite victims: A big Ronde Bleek rainbow

PB prefers to stalk the big rainbows with buzzers and a bung system. Usually at great depths. Since PB’s buzzer succes on De Ronde Bleek, a lot of people have learned his technique, and some of them have had their best days using his buzzer technique.

The technique is amazingly simple: He fishes two buzzers on a bung, varying in depth between 3 and 6 or even 7 meters. The bung is just some egg-yarn, or strike-indicator yarn, tied on a piece of 12lbs fluoro-carbon butt section of about 50cm. After that he uses just straight up 3x tippet for the rest of the “leader”.

The bung system PB uses

The bung system PB uses

The depth he fishes varies, but it’s usually somewhere around 4 to 6 meters. This is the “sweet spot” on De Ronde Bleek. Most feeding fish are found in this layer of water throughout the year. To reach these depths you need a long tippet. Adjust the tippet lengt to the depth you want to fish. This usually results in very long leaders. You have to get used to casting long leaders, with two (or on some waters even more) flies and with a big bung.

He fishes this system very static. Very little or even none retrieving is involved. Sometimes it’s best to just let it drift. Because he fishes these flies in a pretty deep water level, too much drift creates a lot of drag on your flies. At a depth of 4 meters, very often the current goes the opposite direction of the current on the surface, and that surface current dictates the direction of your bung. So be aware of your drift, don’t let it drift too fast, or your flies will rise to the surface in a diagonal direction. That’s usually not what you want them to do. Very often Pieter-Bas fishes the calm spots on the lake, to create as little drag as possible.

PB has tied two flies for this week. He uses tungsten beads for his point flies, and brass beads for the dropper flies in his system.

Buzzer #1

Buzzer #2

8 Responses to PB’s bung buzzers

  1. on 30 March 2013 at 15:40 Ochi said:

    I’m going to fish there next week for the first time.
    Of course after reading this story I will make some of these flies and try them.

    Thnx for sharing!!

    • on 30 March 2013 at 15:43 Vincent said:

      Hi Ochi!
      In a couple of days there will be two more flies online tied by Pieter-Bas. Stay tuned!

  2. on 1 April 2013 at 19:29 Cornelis van Leeuwen said:

    nice article…any info about how to make a good Bung ? I am a streamer fanatic…but maybe one day…..


    • on 1 April 2013 at 19:46 Vincent said:

      Maybe a good idea for another article! Pieter-Bas and I usually just go for 2 or 3cm of strike indicator yarn, or just plain egg-yarn, tied with a regular overhand knot directly on the butt section of your leader. About 5 to 10cm away from the flyline.

      Because of the long leaders, the bung has to go trough the eyes of your rod without any hiccups when landing the fish. If it get’s stuck in one of the eyes, you’ll lose the fish. That’s why we don’t use any rings you’ll often see being used in these bungs.


  3. on 6 April 2013 at 17:59 Ochi said:

    Not so big as PB but my first Ronde Bleek fish was caught on buzzer #2 🙂
    The fish was around 55cm and I’ve caught 2 other fish on my own flies.
    Also lost a big on after jumping 3 times.

    For now I’m happy with my first trip to the RB and thnx guys for helping me with the patterns!


    • on 6 April 2013 at 18:12 Vincent said:

      Great Ochi!! Thanks for letting us know how it went 🙂


      • on 7 April 2013 at 15:14 DJ said:

        Hi there,

        I’m gonna fish on the RB next sunday for the first time, so I’ve read this article with great interest. Thanx for the patterns. I’ve got a question about the bung you use. I normally only use strike yarn indicator for unweighted flies. Since you use tungsten beads, isn’t the yarn gonna sink? Tell me the secret… Greetz DJ

        • on 13 April 2013 at 19:46 Vincent said:

          Hi DJ!
          As long as you use only 1 tungsten bead, and brass, glass or plastic for the other one, you should be fine. Just make sure you use some dry fly oil or any other floatant.
          Catch a big one!

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