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Old 04-27-2013, 06:56 AM
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Default Using Dabbler Patterns

Well where do we start? one of the forum members asked how do you fish Dabblers?
Dabblers were first created a few years ago by a good friend of mine Donald McClaren from Dromore county Down about 6 miles down the road from me.
Donald is a well known lough angler and ties up some great patterns, it is reputed that the pattern was accidently tied when tying up a mallard and claret but this has to be confirmed.The body material was to have come from a piece of carpet nailed to the back of the shed door, but aside from that the pattern revolutionised lough fishing and the dabbler was accounted for winning a fair few competitions all round Ireland.
My tactics when fishing the dabbler is a set up of three patterns, usually a bumble on the top dropper and then 2 dabblers, on on the middle dropper and one on the point.
claret bumble on the top dropper
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bloody dabbler on the middle dropper
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and a claret dabbler on the point
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These are cast either in front of the boat or at an angle of 45o and retrieved fairly quickly back to within 8 to 10 feet of the boat where the rod is lifted to enable the bumble to skate across the surface then held their for around 4 to 5 seconds before re casting.
This method is because a fish may folow you in and then take the fly as we say on the bob.
There is a multitude of dabbler patterns and here are a few more we tried last year

Emerald dabbler
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leggy olive dabbler
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leggy gold dabbler
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peachy dabbler
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raymond dabbler
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Hope this is of use to you
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:17 AM
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Thanks for posting Laurie
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Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

I have a soft spot for the Claret Dabbler as I caught my first stream rainbow on one, swung down and across. It wasn't the method described earlier but the fish didn't complain.
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Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

It's my favourite fly. Used them extensively on Lochs at home. Such a versatile fly. I've found, short sharp strips, followed by a pause often work well.
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Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

Have never heard of this, kinda intrigued. Thanks for sharing
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Have never tied nor fished them but enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures. Thanks for posting!
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Very nice work!

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Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

You have inspired me to tie some up over the weekend. I know they will not look anywhere near as pretty as yours. Best.
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