Blobbin’ Techniques

via Richysflies

ok, i know full well that most anglers would rather stick the tip of their fly rod in their dominant eye before using these types of flies and i’ll happily admit i’m somewhat in that camp myself. however, the main material, fritz or rather, blob chenilles used to tie these ‘Blobs’ * is quite an interesting material which also comes in a wide variety of let’s say, more normal colors… that the creative tier can incorporate in streamers or large wet flies and who knows what else you might want to think of. as a few examples it can add a nice splash of color or be used to bulk up a head or body of a streamer to create a turbulence for the swimming materials behind and it can also be trimmed to the desired shape once mounted. great stuff indeed !
of particular interest in this video is the material’s tying techniques. when tying in any kind of chenille it’s common knowledge to strip fibers off to tie in the core to reduce body bulk but what we’ll see below is the same thing but also at the front. it makes for a nice and smooth transition whether we’re combining different colors or simply to finish off the fly. brilliant !
take note as well that untwisting the chenille helps to not cross-over the fibers later on while winding. what’s not mentioned is that many of these chenilles have a ‘grain’ or ‘fiber direction’ similar to a feather or fur on the skin. to get a smooth and sexy winding be sure to go with the grain and not against. enjoy !

( * in case you’re wondering, ‘Blobs’ are pure attractor flies stemming from the UK stillwater competition circuit used on freshly stocked rainbow trout who haven’t adapted to natural food. born and raised in tanks or cages, these fish will often be quite big, ten + pounders aren’t uncommon (usually referred to as “Pigs”… ) but even given the size, the fight isn’t very impressive as their fins are dwarfed and i guess it must be hard to push water with a bloated belly… )

wednesday’s fairy

a cross-over between a blob and a booby should have been a ‘bloobie’ but that sounds dumb.
‘fairy’ will do just fine, thank you sir…

ps- the eye in the back of the fly is to confuse the fish into thinking the fly is both advancing and retreating at the same time, which in a way it does.

Bob the Blob

another version of the ‘realistical blob’, this time renamed after a suggestion from my friend P-A. (who somehow thought ‘Bob the Blob’ was hilarious… )
BtB V1 caught my first fish this year so i kinda like it and will continue experimenting with this idea. yes, it’s not your conventional fly but seeing it swim is believing

‘realistical blob

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…