Originally Posted by stuartpengs
There's a few ways to cloak a dabbler, all of which give slightly different end results. Personally I tie it 'bottom then top'. Cut a piece of bronze mallard, about 10mm, fold it in half and tie it in to the back/underside quarter and allow it to roll around. Then do the same for the front/top quarter. Don't tie it in too tight at first, just a few loops to hold it, that will allow you to nudge the mallard about with your thumb until you're happy with it.
The voice of experience there.... dabblers are tricky things to learn, and you have to tie them until it clicks for you. One trick that really helped me was to use a little bit of wax to spin the BM, and I can highly recommend Lawrence Finney's video
Fly Tying Videos - Irish Fishing Flies
If you struggle learning wet flies, get his DVD - outstanding instruction. Dabblers can get very addictive to tie, and they are great caddis or green drake/brown drake wets for the Rocky mountain west