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​Black & Red Hobbler
Dressing

Hook: Kamasan B175 or B170 size 10 or 12.

Butt: Glo-Brite No.3 or 4.

Rib: Silver wire.

Body: Black seal's fur​.

Body Hackle: Furnace hen.

Cloak: Bronze mallard.

Legs: Knotted pheasant tail.

Thread: Black UTC 70 den.

A simple idea from George Barron - hopper legs on a dabbler. Does it make any difference? That all depends on how you dress it. I think that If you throw a couple of pheasant tail legs on an already heavily dressed dabbler, then probably not. Slim down the dabbler dressing slightly so the legs are more prominent, then yes, and you have very appealing, very versatile and effective wet with a terrestrial feel. The black & red version below was an obvious variant with this style, and proving useful all year round, and especially when members of the Bibio family abound, and a wet, or damp, rather than dry offering is required. 

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