The beautiful 'Bumbee' tied by PRO-team member Paul Little is today's 'Fly Friday'!
'The Bumbee' is described as a simple strip wing pattern. The wing of bronze Mallard is best mounted by retaining the stems on the feather for support during the mounting process. The technique as with a lot of delicate feathers is to make a soft loop of unwaxed tying thread around the Mallard and returning the thread underneath the hook shank, pull the tying thread slowly, allowing the feather fibres to "go where they want to". Gently tighten the thread at the last moment to set the wing. Each side is mounted separately during the process. The stems are finally removed after applying two or three turns of waxed thread. A small neat head should be the goal and applying two or three coats of varnish will achieve the head in the photograph.
Paul has tyed the 'Bumbee' using the following materials:
Hook: Partridge CS10/3 size 2
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Tail: A tuft of scarlet wool
Body: Orange Berlin wool for the first third remainder black Berlin wool
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Throat: A cochybondhu hackle
Wing: Brown Mallard strips (set horizontally)
Paul Little has given both Salmon and Trout fly workshops in both the US and the UK. He has a great passion for Pike fishing in the Lake District as well as dressing salmon flies. Paul most enjoys dressing grubs, Spey flies and the flies that most people have forgotten.