Bamboo and Bumbles

Dave Westburg

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Walked into another pond on the west slope of the cascades last week. The water is warming up and it's almost time to switch to high lakes.

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I fished a granger 8642, Hardy Uniqua reel and a Cortland camo intermediate line. Old things are good things. The water was warm although rain and wind meant I needed gloves to stay warm.
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Found some cutts up to 17" inching a claret bumble or fiery brown bumble or golden olive bumble through the depths of the pond. Nothing in the surface.

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Anyone else fish Bumbles? I read about then in Kingsmill Moore's book A Man May Fish. The blended colors and seals fur are appealing and the lack of a long tail means no short strikes. I use them often in beaver ponds and high lakes. Like to fish the Golden olive bumble on a dropper and the fiery brown or claret bumble on the tail to give the fish a choice.

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Claret Bumble (top). Size 10-14 wet fly hook. Golden Pheasant Tippet tail. Dubbed claret seals fur body. 1 claret hackle and 1 black hackle wound in loose turns up the body. Golden oval tinsel rib. A turn of jay hackle at the throat.

Fiery Brown Bumble (middle). Size 10-14 wet fly hook. Red dyed golden pheasant crest tail. Fiery brown seals fur body. 1 red and 1 fiery brown hackle wound in loose turns up body. Golden oval tinsel rib. A turn of grouse hackle at the head.

Golden Olive Bumble (bottom). Size 10-14 wet fly hook. Golden pheasant crest tail. Golden olive seals fur body. 1 golden olive and 1 natural brown hackle wound in loose turns up body. Golden oval tinsel rib. A turn of jay hackle at the head.
 

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