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.


Hook: Patriot SUD 2 or SLD2 or Sproat Wet for Barbless; Wet Fly Supreme or Dry Fly Supreme for barbed sizes 8 to 16

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


Tying Sequence:


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

Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles. A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

Allan has also represented Scotland at international level, is a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for almost twenty years. Allan’s love of fly tying spans almost thirty years and has been a regular at many tying demonstrations and work shops prior to, and since joining the Partridge Pro-Team in 2013.

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