Black Pearl  Dabbler

Hook: Kamasan B175 or 170 size 10, 12 0r 14.

Tail: Ginger, cree or furnace cock

Rib: Mirage Opal

Body: Sela's fur 'Blood Black', 'Ant Black', or Black.

Body Hackle: Furnace cock

Shoulder Hackle: Grizzle hen dyed red.

Cloak: Bronze mallard.

Thread: Black.


 Yet another of those 'night before' flies, this time tied for a mid-summer trip to Stocks reservoir when Heather flies were on the menu but a decent wind was forecast. The plan worked, but the Black Pearl has also been one of my most consistent dabblers for the last three or four years, taking both rainbows and browns the length and breadth of the UK, from Bewl to Orkney.

A realy versatile dabbler, this one, genuinely happy and effective wherever it's placed on the leader. Palmered with hen hackle, it's perfect for use on the tail or middle dropper, getting down quickly on a heavier hook. For top dropper work, I palmer it with cock hackle and tie it on the lighter B170.