This is the fly that rekindled my interest in swinging wet flies. My dear friend Sean Mcmanaman of Ireland gifted me a box of wet flies ten or so years ago. The Bumble must be one of his favorites because the box was full of them. I have fished the Claret, Golden Olive and Hot-orange Bumbles with much success. The Golden Olive Bumble is a go-to during a caddis hatch. The Jay feather is an easy find, but on the pricey side. You could sub with dyed guinea if needs be. Something about the blue….
Bumble, Golden Olive
Hook: 12-16 wet fly
Tail: G.P. crest
Body: Golden olive seal’s fur or sub
Body Hackle: Two cock hackles, matched in size: golden olive and dark ginger
Rib: oval tinsel gold
Head Hackle: Blue Jay
Start the tying thread just behind the eye of the hook. Strip a clump of Jay from the feather. Secure the jay, tip forward around the hook shank.
Wrap the tying thread reward trapping the crest feather and the ribbing as you go.
Secure in the two body hackles and touch dub a small amount of seal to the tying thread. Remember it is always easier to add dubbing, than it is to take away.
Dub the body and bring the rib forward making five open turns.
Palmer the body hackles forward and secure. Clip the tag end of the stems.
Fold back the jay and take a few firm securing wraps in front. The Jay should prop right up.
Whip finish and cement.
My wet fly box is out in the truck, staging for tonight. When I get a chance I will post a photo of the Claret and Hot-orange Bumble. Thanks for looking, good tying and better fishing.