This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Wayne “Buz” Buszek Kings River Caddis.
Here are a couple other images of flies tied by Buz my friend Wayne Luallen sent me.
I never met Buz, but I wish I had. He must have been a great tyer. In 1970, the International Federation of Fly Fishers named its annual fly tyer award in his name. It’s a coveted award and there have been some great fly tyers who were fortunate enough to win it. I’m blessed to know some of them personally – Al & Gretchen Beatty, Wayne Luallen, Steven Fernandez, and Jim Ferguson.
Here is a Kings River Caddis tied by Clarence Butzbach. He tied these flies for Buz and Mickey Powell, his son-in-law who helped his wife Virginia operate Buz’s Fly Shop after Buz died. (Much appreciation to Wayne Luallen who provided this information, images above and below, as well as the Comment at the end of this post.)
I featured this fly back as a TBT in 2017 after I tied a few for a customer. This is the fly I tied.
If you compare mine to the first image, you’ll notice Buz tied his with a tail and two different hackle colors.
Here is what I wrote in my earlier post:
Buszek’s Kings River Caddis was created by Wayne “Buz” Buszek (1912 – 1965) in the 1950’s for the Kings River, CA. The fly uses undersized hackle to sit lower in the water and imitates the Hydropsyche or spotted sedge found in his local fishing water. Changing color and size will allow you to imitate many other caddisflies as well.
Other Buszek originals include the Old Gray Mare, Flot-n-Fools, Buz’s Shad Fly and probably the most popular, the Western Coachman.
In 1947, Buszek opened Buz’s Fly and Tackle Shop at his home in Visalia, CA, close to the Kings River in the Sierra Nevadas.
Thanks again to Wayne Luallen for providing images of Buz and his flies.