The Fly Project

LaFontaine’s Buzzball – Purple Haze Edition

$2.50
  • LaFontaine’s Buzzball – Purple Haze Edition

The Fly Project

LaFontaine’s Buzzball – Purple Haze Edition

$2.50
If ever there was a fly tier that we wish we could have learned from before he passed, Gary LaFontaine would make the top of the list.  In his book, Trout Flies, Lafontaine recounts from a journal entry, from April 16th 1991, about trying to help his friend catch a 20”+ fish on the Missouri River, “The Buzz Ball, more colorful and bigger, floated down with a scattering of naturals, but the fish surged forward and took the fly.  One cast, one large trout.  We slid her back into the river.”  The original pattern, generally tied in sizes 12-14, called for a blue dun and orange hackle wrapped together to create the underbody.  We will be tying that colorway but wanted to add a fresh take to the original pattern and we are now tying a purple underbody dubbed the Purple Haze Edition.  This fly can be fished as a midge cluster, which was the original intention for the fly, or just as a general cluster of dead bugs floating down the water.  This fly works, and as LaFontaine points out on the cover of his book, “These patterns are the culmination of more than twenty years of research and innovation.”  So as Mr. Rodgers would say, “Don’t take our word for it.”  This pattern is tied in Montana. 
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If ever there was a fly tier that we wish we could have learned from before he passed, Gary LaFontaine would make the top of the list.  In his book, Trout Flies, Lafontaine recounts from a journal entry, from April 16th 1991, about trying to help his friend catch a 20”+ fish on the Missouri River, “The Buzz Ball, more colorful and bigger, floated down with a scattering of naturals, but the fish surged forward and took the fly.  One cast, one large trout.  We slid her back into the river.”  The original pattern, generally tied in sizes 12-14, called for a blue dun and orange hackle wrapped together to create the underbody.  We will be tying that colorway but wanted to add a fresh take to the original pattern and we are now tying a purple underbody dubbed the Purple Haze Edition.  This fly can be fished as a midge cluster, which was the original intention for the fly, or just as a general cluster of dead bugs floating down the water.  This fly works, and as LaFontaine points out on the cover of his book, “These patterns are the culmination of more than twenty years of research and innovation.”  So as Mr. Rodgers would say, “Don’t take our word for it.”  This pattern is tied in Montana.