Below is this month's tutorial from PRO-Team member Allan Liddle, it's The Claret Bumble..
The Claret Bumble is most likely a fly that every loch angler has in their armoury and for good reason as it can be a deadly fish attractor.
When I use one it’s almost always in a team of three flies worked ‘Short Line’ across or through rolling waves in search of fierce aggressive fish and it generally either takes up the middle dropper or (if tied on a heavier gauge wire hook) the tail positions.
I also like to tie it as per the photos using dyed blue Guinea Fowl instead of the more traditional Blue Jay as I feel this gives a better colour to the fly as well as a bit more of a ‘pulsating’ action when worked through those waves.
Tying it as shown also helps overcome the big variations in hackle length as well as ensures a tight neat head and is a handy method to learn for a host of different styles including spiders, well worth giving the time required to master although as you can see it’s pretty easy so won’t task anyone too much.
Adding a little florescent tag to this pattern can also help attract fish especially in darker, peaty stained waters and with my usual addition of a pinch of olive glister through the dubbing material a little extra but subtle sparkle is also included.
Simple, easy to tie and a joy to fish in all sizes from 8 through to 16. Great on the SUD 2 or SLD 2 or Patriot Sproat Wet for barbless, equally good on the Wet Fly and Dry Fly Supreme if you don’t mind a barb on the hook.
Thread: Black Uni 8/0
Tag (Optional): Uni Fire Orange 6/0 thread (Veniards)
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Body: Claret Rabbit / Hare Dubbing Mix With A Pinch Of Olive Glister For added Sparkle
Hackle: Claret Saddle Cock
Head Hackle: Dyed Blue Guinea Fowl
Step 1 Place hook in vice and catch in thread and gold wire rib (note if tying in florescent tag do this first and tie off then catch in thread, makes it much easier)
Step 2 Tie in tippets
Step 3 Take thread back up hook and tie in guinea fowl facing forward. Note set guinea fowl length slightly longer than body hackle fibre)
Step 4 Run thread back down hook and dub in body
Step 5 Tie in body and catch in hackle
Step 6 Palmer hackle in open turns down body
Step 7 Secure hackle with wire rib running up hook length in open turns taking care not to trap any hackle fibres down
Step 8 Brush the guinea fowl fibres back with fingers ensuring they spread around entire head of fly
Step 9 Form small head with tying thread, whip finish and varnish