I usually save claret for dark days, and/or when the olives are the go: 'Mallard & Claret', 'Claret (seal's fur) dabbler etc. The Pearly Claret does just fine in those situations too, but the added flash makes it a viable option in brighter conditions than would usually favour claret. Another handy middle dropper option, but will perform at any position on the leader.
Pearl & Claret Dabbler
Hook: Size 10,12 or 14 Kamasan B175, or B170.
Tail: Claret cock fibres.
Rib: Gold wire.
Body Hackle: Claret hen.
Cloak & Throat: Bronze mallard.
Thread: 'Wine' UTC 70 denier.