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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


    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
    regards
    Lawrence

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    Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

    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.
    Cheers,
    Steve.

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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.
    Eddie
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    Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

    Have never heard of this, kinda intrigued. Thanks for sharing
    "The core of mans spirit comes from new experiences" - C.J. McCandless

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    Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

    Have never tied nor fished them but enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures. Thanks for posting!
    - William

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    Default Re: Using Dabbler Patterns

    Very nice work!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tight lines,

    Joe

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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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