Saturday, 7 April 2012

Tying the Golden Olive Dabbler

Golden Olive Dabbler
Hook size: Ken Sewada Summer Sproat size 10 (or any standard wet fly hook)
Tying silk: Black (some prefer golden olive).
Tail: Natural Cock Pheasant tail fibres
Body: Golden Olive Seals fur
Body hackle: Red game cock
Rib: Fine Oval gold
Body Hackle: Red Game Cock
Collar Hackle: Red Game cock
Wing: Bronze Mallard tied in a flat bunch and allowed to break up - to form a cloak style wing.

Step 1: Make a base of tying thread along the shank of the hook.

 Syep 2: Tie in a  bunch of pheasant tail cock fibres.
Step 3: Tie in fine oval gold rib.

 Step 4: Dub on golden olive seals fur for the body. Move along the body towards the eye.
 Step 5: Pick out the golden olive seals fur with a dubbing needle.

 Step 6: Tie in a red game cock hackle at the eye and wind down in even turns. At the tail the oval gold is brought forward to trap the hackle tip and wound through the hackle fibres to the front and tied in.

 Step 7: Tie in a shoulder hackle and give two or three turns. Push forward with the thump to form a bed for the bronze mallard wing. The shoulder hackle allows the cloak style wing to sit up.


 Step 8a: Prepare the wing: Take two slips of bronze mallard - one from the left wing and one from the right. Place them on top of one another. Cuting the mallard away from the stem can help split the fibres of the wing.

Step 8b: Holding the wing slips between thump and index finger use the pinch and loop method for winging - three turns. Avoid holding tight to break the fibres up and form a cloak style wing. Use the dubbing needle to split the fibres further, if wish.

Step 9: Whip finish. Further pick seals fur body out. Varnish.


  1. Looks like it could be deadly. Will be tying some for myself.

  2. Thanks phillip for your comment. It is a very popular fly in this part of the world - more so on the loughs. Hope it works for you. Martin