not really much to do with the 1958 film or Steve McQueen, modern Blobs are flies thought up for the UK stillwater competition scene. pulled fast through the water they’re exceptionally effective for getting takes from stocked rainbow trout. so effective, there’s great debate whether they should be banned or not but not being in the least interested in competition fishing i’ll leave those kind of debates to others.
of course, these flies vary greatly in different combinations of materials and colour schemes but the basic original form below is the basis of this unconventional fly.
Iain Barr’s Orange Blob
liking the concept but not so much the abstract all-out competition aspect, i’ve combined the same basic elements of marabou and long fibered chenille to give it a more streamer-like appearance with it’s longer ‘body/tail’, eyes and wiggly swimming action. the stocky head creates turbulences making the tail wiggle enticingly while the straggly fibers send flashes of prismatic reflected light as a ‘come to dinner’ call !
funny how they’d already figured out back then that this would make an awesome fly…