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Dabbling with Dabblers

At the bench tonight I have been messing around with dabblers.I really enjoy tying this style of fly.I once got lots of advice about tying this style of fly from Davie McPhail at a Fly tying demo in a well known Glasgow angling shop. One of the important factors about tying in this style is that the finished fly when wet should be a teardrop shape much like little fry etc.
The dressing for this particular example is as follows.
Hook: size 10 Kamazan B175
Thread : Hot Orange uni 8/0
Body : burnt orange possum and red holographic tinsel
Rib : Thin green wire
Tail : burnt orange pheasant tail
Body Hackle : Fiery brown cock
Head Hackle : Church window hackle
Wing : Bronze Mallard.
I am no expert and I know this is not tied to the original dressing of a dabbler as the bronze mallard should actually be wound around the collar. Just practicing these tonight and as the night goes on I will hopefully get proficient enough to tie them in that manner.
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  1. Thanks for the post. I recently came across the Dabbler. It looks like it would work well over on this side of the pond (it may already be used for all I know). The recipe you provided looks like a great one to start with.

    Tight lines,


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