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Golden Olive Bumble Fly

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About the Golden Olive Bumble Trout Fly

The Golden Olive Bumble comes into it's own as an attractor when on bob, but should not be underestimated when fished singularly as it can be a real killer.

Superb during a mayfly hatch on lochs or lakes, especially in gentle waves.

Expert Tip:

It is suggested that the Bumbles' origins date back to Derbyshire in the 1500's when the fly was attached to a horsehair line.

The fly when first alighting on the water was fished as a dapping fly, which slowly sank and fished as a wet hackle fly.

It is very successful and has therefore has survived in fly boxes for more than 500 years.

The palmered hackles mimic insect legs movement on the surface film.

Creator of this trout fly: Anon

Tier of this trout fly: Paul Strasman

Country of origin for this trout fly: Ireland

Pattern Dressings

  • Hook : 8-12.
  • Tying Silk : Brown or yellow .
  • Body : Golden olive seal's fur or well waxed yellow tying silk.
  • Rib : Oval gold.
  • Palmered Hackle : Golden olive and medium red game cocks.
  • Front Hackle : Tradional blue jay or grey partridge or guinea fowl, dyed blue.

Comments from other fly fishermen

This fly is of Irish Origin. The tying presented originated from Kingsmill Moore. In english books and tying references pre-dating Kingsmill there was a different style of pattern given for the Bumble (herl bodies with single mono-tone palmered hackle). - Posted by on 05/08/2009

Thanks for the comment, I've corrected the origin. - Posted by on 06/08/2009

Thanks Dave,

As you will have gathered, I am a fan of Mr Kingsmill. I also spend a lot of time researching the origins of patterns. The original English Bumble is a lovely looking fly, but sadly not fished much anymore.
- Posted by on 06/08/2009

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