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laurie 04-27-2013 06:56 AM

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

bloody dabbler on the middle dropper

and a claret dabbler on the point

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

leggy olive dabbler

leggy gold dabbler

peachy dabbler

raymond dabbler

Hope this is of use to you

jpbfly 04-27-2013 07:17 AM

Re: Using Dabbler Patterns
Thanks for posting Laurie;)

oz angler 03-27-2014 06:44 PM

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.

Eddie O'Neill 03-27-2014 06:53 PM

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.

kicker19 03-27-2014 08:35 PM

Re: Using Dabbler Patterns
Have never heard of this, kinda intrigued. Thanks for sharing

williamhj 03-27-2014 09:03 PM

Re: Using Dabbler Patterns
Have never tied nor fished them but enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures. Thanks for posting!

oldnewguy 03-28-2014 07:40 AM

Re: Using Dabbler Patterns
Very nice work!

Thanks for sharing.

Tight lines,


boomslang 03-28-2014 11:12 AM

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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