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The Dalby Dribbler


Martin Joergensen

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Dalby Dribbler on a Tiemco TMC 200 hook
Dalby is a place in Western Sealand often fished by Danish coastal fisher and photographer Mark Vagn Hansen. For one of his trips here, he tied a fly using a couple of brown hackles and an orange hot spot on the back of the hook.
When this fly was tried for the first time it showed itself efficient on the sea trout often found in the area. Mark's first version was tied on a large, curved hook for salt water fishing, but the fly can be tied on smaller hooks and even works well on a salmon hook.
The name of the fly was by the way derived from a nick name - Dribble Bent - which Mark gave to fishing friend Ken's dog Charlie.

Hook Tiemco TMC 200, Gamakatsu T10-6H/F #4-6
Tag Hot Orange floss silk
Tail Lureflash Mobile, Pearl, 4 straws
Rib Copper wire
Body Lureflash Superbug Yarn, Black Orange
Hackles Choclate Brown Hackle

Tying instructions


  1. Start tying thread behind eye and cover two thirds of the hook shank
  2. Tie in floss under the shank and wind towards the rear of the hook
  3. Make a fairly long tag reaching the point over the tip of barb and return to tying in point
  4. Tie off the floss and cut surplus
  5. Tie in four straws of flash forming a tail reaching bend of hook
  6. Prepare a hackle by removing plumulacous part
  7. Tie in a base first, shiny side forwards and wind 3-4 turns as a classical wet fly style
  8. Tie in copper wire under the hook shank
  9. Tie in the yarn and wind thread forwards to one eye width behind hook eye
  10. Wind the yarn forwards in close turns
  11. Tie off and cut surplus
  12. Wind ribbing with 4-5 turns in opposite direction
  13. Prepare a second hackle
  14. Tie in a base first, shiny side forwards and wind 3-4 turns similar to rear hackle
  15. Tie of and cut surplus
  16. Form a small head
  17. Whip finish and varnish
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The fly can also be tied on salmon hooks and smaller salt water hooks

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